Following the 2015 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) flagship publication, "The Early Years: Child Well-Being and the Role of Public Policy", the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policy (EDePo) at the IFS and the IDB organised a conference on the themes covered extending the scope to experiences in developing, middle income and developed countries. We focused on lessons that can be learned from the literature on the early years, their long term consequences, and the potential role for policy. Below we provide links to related presentations, videos of presentations and in-depth interviews with speakers.
We thank the British Academy for hosting this event and the ESRC for providing support through the Impact Accelleration Account at IFS.
Blog on early childhood development policies: As part of this event, Orazio Attanasio, Sarah Cattan and Sonya Krutikova produced a VoxEU.org piece titled 'Early childhood development policies: The evidence and the research agenda'.
Slides: Here you can download presentation slides from the conference, by topic.
Session 1: Parenting 1
Session 2: Early Schooling 1
Session 4: Early health and nutrition
Session 5: Early Schooling 2
Speakers presentations: Here you can view presentations in full, with accompanying slides.
Sarah Cattan (Senior Research Economist, IFS) on “Pre-school quality and child development : research evidence”.
Sally Grantham-McGregor (Emeritus Professor of International Child Health, University College London) on “Early Childhood Interventions: Issues when planning to go to scale”.
Norbert Schady (IDB) on “Bad Apples in Early Education”.
Costas Meghir (Yale and EDePo@IFS) on "Estimating the production function for human capital".
Janet Currie (Princeton) on "Lead poisoning and juvenile delinquency".
Prashant Bharadwaj (UC San Diego) on "Before birth: prenatal investments and early development".
Essi Viding (UCL) on "The impact of genes and the environment on early childhood development".