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Child health as human capital

Janet Currie ()

Health Economics, 2020, vol. 29, issue 4, 452-463

Abstract: Child health is increasingly understood to be a critical form of human capital, but only recently have we begun to understand how valuable it is and how its development could be better supported. This article provides an overview of recent work that demonstrates the key role of public insurance in supporting longer term human capital development and points to improvements in child mental health as an especially important mechanism.

Date: 2020
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