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What are the Long-Run and Inter-Generational Impacts of Child Health Investments in East Africa?

Talk by:

Edward Miguel

Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley

followed by an informal conversation with:

Anna Harvey

SSRC President

Event Recording

About the Lecture

It has been challenging to establish how health investments in childhood affect individuals’ life trajectories, especially in low- and middle-income regions of the world, due to pervasive data limitations. This talk discusses a new project that leverages recent methodological innovations in development economics and a unique dataset tracking thousands of Kenyans over two decades (the Kenya Life Panel Survey). The evidence indicates that investments in child health radiate out over time and across generations in multiple, and perhaps surprising, ways.

About Edward Miguel

Edward Miguel is the Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000.

His main research focus is African economic development, including work on the economic causes and consequences of violence; the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action; interactions between health, education, environment, and productivity for the poor; and methods for transparency in social science research.