Early Life Health Shocks: Can Policy Interventions Help?
Learn how early life health environment affects human capital accumulation in developing countries.
It is well-documented that children who are hit by negative health shocks early in life can suffer long-term disadvantages, in terms of health, education, and labor market outcomes. This presentation provides an overview of the literature on this topic, and introduces some recent economic work addressing whether policy interventions can help. Specifically, it examines if policies such as conditional cash transfer programs help reduce the disadvantages experienced by those hit by negative early life shocks, relative to those who were unaffected.