The determinants of human capital formation during the early years of life

Theory, measurement, and policies

In this paper, I discuss a research agenda on the study of human capital accumulation in the early years, with a particular focus on developing countries. I discuss several methodological issues, from the use of structural models, to the importance of measurement and the development of new measureme...

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Volume: 13
Main Author: Attanasio, Orazio P
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Zielgruppe: Academic
Place of publication: OXFORD Wiley Blackwell for the European Economic Association (EEA) 2015
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published in: Journal of the European Economic Association Vol. 13; no. 6; pp. 949 - 997
Data of publication: 2015
ISSN: 1542-4766
1542-4774
1542-4774
EISSN: 1542-4774
Discipline: Economics
Bibliography: The editor in charge of this paper was Dirk Krueger
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Acknowledgments: This paper was presented as the Presidential Address at the Meetings of the European Economic Association in Toulouse, August 2014. It draws on my research with a number of co‐authors and collaborators: Caridad Arajuo, Sarah Cattan, Flavio Cunha, Emla Fitzimons, Camila Fernandez, Sally Grantham‐McGregor, Jena Hamadami, Pamela Jervis, Costas Meghir, Emily Nix, Marta Rubio‐Codina, and Marcos Vera‐Hernandez. I would like to thank all of them without implying them on the opinions expressed here. I have also learned much from conversations with many people. In particular, I would like to mention Jere Behrman, Raquel Bernal, Pedro Carneiro, Gabriella Conti, Anne Fernald, Lia Fernald, Jim Heckman, Norbert Schady. Finally, special thanks go to Sarah Cattan, Gabriella Conti, Flavio Cunha, Maria Cristina DeNardi, Emla Fitzsimons, Marta Rubio‐Codina, and Norbert Schady for reading the first draft of this paper and giving me very valuable suggestions and feedback. The paper has also benefitted from feedback from the Editor and two anonymous referees. My research is partially financed by ESRC professorial fellowship ES/K010700/1 on the accumulation of human capital in developing countries. Attanasio is a Research Associate at NBER, and a Research Fellow at CEPR and BREAD.
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