The First 2,000 Days and Child Skills: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment of Home Visiting

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Title: The First 2,000 Days and Child Skills: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment of Home Visiting
Authors: Doyle, Orla
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Date: Jul-2017
Abstract: Using a randomized experiment, this study investigates the impact of sustained investment in parenting, from pregnancy until age five, in the context of extensive welfare provision. Providing the Preparing for Life program, incorporating home visiting, group parenting, and baby massage, to disadvantaged Irish families raises children’s cognitive and socio-emotional/behavioral scores by two-thirds and one-quarter of a standard deviation respectively by school entry. There are few differential effects by gender and stronger gains for firstborns. The results also suggest that socioeconomic gaps in children’s skills are narrowed. Analyses account for small sample size, differential attrition, multiple testing, contamination, and performance bias.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Start page: 1
End page: 84
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP2017/15
Keywords: Early childhood interventionCognitive skillsSocio-emotional and behavioral skillsRandomized control trialMultiple hypothesis testingPermutation testingInverse probability weighting
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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