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Essays in the Economics of Child Health and Skill Formation

Mason, Giacomo; (2019) Essays in the Economics of Child Health and Skill Formation. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Recent research on human capital development during childhood has focused on three im- portant avenues, among others: measurement, modelling, and interventions. In this thesis, in touch on each of these in turn. The chapter titled “The effect of cash and information on child development" examines the child development effects of a “cash plus" intervention in Nigeria, which starts from the pregnancy period. It underlines the interplay between resources and information in achieving growth and cognition improvements. Chapter “Inequality in socioe- motional skills" highlights issues of measurement. It finds that there is no perfect invariance in the measurement of socioemotional skills in two cohorts of British five year olds born 30 years apart, and shows that socioeconomic determinants of such skills have changed over this period. Finally, the chapter titled “The role of diet quality and physical activity in the pro- duction of adolescent human capital" models the human capital production process in early adolescence, exploiting novel sources of exogenous variation to disentangle the health effects of diet and exercise. Significant complementarities between physical and mental health, and between mental health and diet, emerge from the analysis.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Essays in the Economics of Child Health and Skill Formation
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075554
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