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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 4 No. 1 (January 2012)

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Enhancing Cognitive Functioning: Medium-Term Effects of a Health and Family Planning Program in Matlab

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Barham, Tania. 2012. "Enhancing Cognitive Functioning: Medium-Term Effects of a Health and Family Planning Program in Matlab." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 4(1): 245-73.

DOI: 10.1257/app.4.1.245

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It is believed that early life circumstances are crucial to success later in life. Yet causal evidence that the impacts of early childhood health interventions continue into late childhood and adolescence is sparse. This paper exploits a quasi-random placement of the Matlab Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning Program in Bangladesh to determine whether children eligible for child health interventions in early childhood had better cognitive functioning at ages 8-14. I find a program effect of 0.39 standard deviations on cognitive functioning and similar effects for height and educational attainment (JEL I15, I18, J13, J18, O15).

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Barham, Tania (U CO)

JEL Classifications

I15: Health and Economic Development
I18: Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J18: Demographic Economics: Public Policy
O15: Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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