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Estimating the Production Function for Human Capital: Results from a Randomized Control Trial in Colombia

Orazio Attanasio, Sarah Cattan, Emla Fitzsimons, Costas Meghir () and Marta Rubio-Codina
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Orazio Attanasio: University College London & Institute for Fiscal Studies
Sarah Cattan: Institute for Fiscal Studies
Emla Fitzsimons: UCL Institute of Education & Institute for Fiscal Studies
Marta Rubio-Codina: Institute for Fiscal Studies & Inter-American Development Bank

No 1987R, Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers from Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University

Abstract: We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to significant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disadvantaged children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline. We estimate the determinants of material and time investments in these children and evaluate the impact of the treatment on such investments. We then estimate the production functions for cognitive and socio-emotional skills. The effects of the program can be explained by increases in parental investments, which have strong effects on outcomes and are complementary to both maternal skills and child’s baseline skills.

Keywords: Early childhood development; Human capital; Poverty alleviation; Nonlinear factor models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J24 I24 I25 I32 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-02, Revised 2017-04
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