The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Child Health and Mortality

  • Janet Currie
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Child health is a major indicator of the direction and well-being of society. It is a significant factor predicting health and productivity in adult life, and the health of adults in turn affects the well-being of the next generation of children. The most important outstanding issues include determining the most cost-effective investments in child health, explaining the relationship between health and socio-economic status over the life course, and finding the interventions that are most effective in breaking the inter-generational cycle of ill health and poverty. As children are economic actors in their own right, their well-being is worthy of study.


Anthropometrics Asymmetric information Child health and mortality Education Family economics Fertility in developed countries Fertility in developing countries Health care Health economics Health insurance Human capital Mortality Pollution Poverty alleviation programmes Productivity Public health Risk 

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