Costas Meghir

Professor Costas Meghir

Research Fellow

Education:

PhD Economics, University of Manchester, 1985
MA Economics, University of Manchester, 1980 (with Distinction)
BA Economics and Econometrics, University of Manchester, 1979 (with Honors)

ORCID: 0000-0002-4448-425X

Costas is a Research Fellow of the Institute. He is also Professor of Economics at Yale University and Visiting Professor at University College London. His research interests are Econometrics, Public policy, Labor economics, Economics of education, Microeconometrics, Evaluation of public policy, Household behavior, Retirement and pensions, Income distribution, Consumption, Demand analysis, Investment and Development economics.

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Estimating the production function for human capital: results from a randomized controlled trial in Colombia

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We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to signi cant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disadvantaged children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline. We estimate the determinants of material and time investments in these children and evaluate the im- pact of the treatment on such investments. We then estimate the production functions for cognitive and socio-emotional skills. The e ects of the program can be explained by increases in parental investments, which have strong e ects on outcomes and are complementary to both maternal skills and child's baseline skills.

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