Cost-Benefit Analyses of Early Childhood Health Care Interventions

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Early life experiences are believed to be a strong influence on the trajectory of children's personal development and health. This argues for investment in services for young children. But the social and economic consequences of early health and health care experiences remain relatively unexplored, and evidence is not readily available. Drawing from evaluations of multiple child health interventions conducted over the years, this project will fill that gap by analyzing the early origins and lifetime consequences of disparities in health across socioeconomic groups, with an eye toward prevention and remediation. Cofunding has been secured from the Nemours Foundation and Wellspring Advisors, LLC, and is being sought from the California Endowment.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Chicago
Principal Investigator:
James J. Heckman, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
$99,995.00
Approval Date:
November 14, 2007

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