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DIME Seminar: Early Childhood Development Interventions

October 18, 2018

MC 5-100

  • Recently, there has been an increasing interest in ECD interventions as a means of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and of offering better opportunities to children born in deprived environments. But can the interventions be effective? How do parents react to these interventions? And what are the challenges of scaling up?

    In this paper we review the results from two ECD interventions, one in Colombia and one in India. We then describe a framework for understanding how these interventions work and present results in this respect from Colombia. We find important short run effects on cognition and language. We also find that the interventions operate by shifting the way mothers invest in their children, which seem to underlie the success of the interventions.

    With: Alison Andrews, Orazio Attanasio, Britta Augsburg, Sally Grantham McGregor, and Marta Rubio-Codina


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    Yale University

    Costas Meghir has been the Douglas A. Warner III Professor of Economics at Yale University, NBER and IFS since 2010. His primary research interests are in Labor Economics, the Economics of Education and Development Economics.

  • DIME is a World Bank-wide program to generate knowledge on the effectiveness of development policies. Working across 18 thematic areas, DIME collaborates with 300 agencies in 72 countries to improve the effectiveness of policies and programs and strengthen country capacity for real-time evidence-based policy-making. More »