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The Developmental Approach to Child and Adult Health

Gabriella Conti () and James Heckman

No 7060, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Pediatricians should consider the costs and benefits of preventing rather than treating childhood diseases. We present an integrated developmental approach to child and adult health that considers the costs and benefits of interventions over the life cycle. We suggest policies to promote child health which are currently outside the boundaries of conventional pediatrics. We discuss current challenges to the field and suggest avenues for future research.

Keywords: technology of capability formation; health; prevention; remediation; capabilities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-hea and nep-ltv
Date: 2012-12
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Published in: Pediatrics, 131 (supplement 2), 2013, 133-141

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