child health and mortality

Janet Currie
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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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.
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Currie, Janet. "child health and mortality." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 24 November 2017 <> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0228

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