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The Effects of Two Influential Early Childhood Interventions on Health and Healthy Behaviors

Gabriella Conti (), James Heckman and Rodrigo Pinto
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Gabriella Conti: University College London

No 2015-011, Working Papers from Becker Friedman Institute for Research In Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the long-term impacts on health and healthy behaviors of two of the oldest and most widely cited U.S. early childhood interventions evaluated by the method of randomization with long-term follow-up: the Perry Preschool Project (PPP) and the Carolina Abecedarian Project (ABC). There are pronounced gender effects strongly favoring boys, although there are also effects for girls. Dynamic mediation analyses show a significant role played by improved childhood traits, above and beyond the effects of experimentally enhanced adult socioeconomic status. These results show the potential of early life interventions for promoting health.

Keywords: Health; early childhood intervention; social experiments; randomized trial; Abecedarian Project; Perry Preschool Project (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C93 I12 I13 J13 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp, nep-hea and nep-lma
Date: 2015
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