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).
"Enhancing Cognitive Functioning: Medium-Term Effects of a Health and Family Planning Program in Matlab."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Health and Economic Development
Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
Demographic Economics: Public Policy
Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration