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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. We estimate production functions for cognitive and socio-emotional skills as a function of maternal skills and child's past skills, as well as material and time investments that are treated as endogenous. The effects of the program can be fully explained by increases in parental investments, which have strong effects on outcomes and are complementary to both maternal skills and child's past skills.

Keywords: human capital ; early childhood development ; poverty alleviation

Subject(s): Consumer/Household Economics

Labor and Human Capital

Issue Date: 2015-02

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/198561

Total Pages: 90

JEL Codes: J13; J24; I24; I25; I32; O15

Series Statement: Economic Growth Center discussion paper

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Record appears in: Yale University > Economic Growth Center > Center Discussion Papers





Autor: Attanasio, Orazio ; Cattan, Sarah ; Fitzsimons, Emla ; Meghir, Costas ; Rubio-Codina, Marta

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/198561?ln=en







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