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The Impact of a Multifaceted Pre-Natal Intervention on Human Capital Accumulation in Early Life

Carneiro, P; Rasul, I; Mason, G; Kraftman, L; Scott, M; Moore, L; (2021) The Impact of a Multifaceted Pre-Natal Intervention on Human Capital Accumulation in Early Life. The American Economic Review , 111 (8) pp. 2506-2549. 10.1257/aer.20191726. Green open access

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Abstract

We evaluate an intervention targeting early life nutrition and well-being for households in extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria. The intervention leads to large and sustained improvements in children's anthropometric and health outcomes, including an 8 percent reduction in stunting 4 years, post-intervention. These impacts are partly driven by information-related channels. However, the certain and substantial flow of cash transfers is also key. They induce positive labor supply responses among women, and enables them to undertake productive investments in livestock. These provide protein rich diets for children, and generate higher household earnings streams long after the cash transfers expire.

Type: Article
Title: The Impact of a Multifaceted Pre-Natal Intervention on Human Capital Accumulation in Early Life
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/aer.20191726
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20191726
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117883
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