Should Early Health Investments Work? Evidence from an RCT of a Home Visiting Programme
Deirdre Coy and
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Deirdre Coy: Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin
No 202006, Working Papers from Geary Institute, University College Dublin
Evidence for the short-term impact of early intervention on childhood health is weak and inconsistent. Using rigorous methods, careful hypothesis setting, and socioeconomic contextualisation, we examine the impact of an Irish home visiting programme on child health. The treatment provides mentoring visits from pregnancy until school entry to improve child outcomes through positively affecting parenting. In a context where socioeconomic inequalities in health have yet to emerge, modest effects by age four are found, driven by reduced hospital attendance. Conflicting reports in the literature may thus arise from an over-expectation of hypothesized effects and failure to account for social contexts.
Keywords: Home visiting programme; randomised controlled trial; child health; health inequality; human capital formation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I14 I12 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
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