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Title: Essays in the economics of child health and skill formation
Author: Mason, Giacomo
ISNI:       0000 0004 7965 1518
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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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.
Supervisor: Attanasio, O. ; Conti, G. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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