Panel: Health, Nutrition, Education, and Life Opportunity for Children in Developing Countries: Are Social Policies Effective?
(Family and Child Policy)

Saturday, November 8, 2014: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Nambe (Convention Center)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Qin Gao, Fordham University
Panel Chairs:  Todd Honeycutt, Mathematica Policy Research
Discussants:  Jin Huang, St. Louis University

Impact of Child Health Insurance in Vietnam: A Regression Discontinuity Approach
Sophie Mitra1, Michael Palmer2, Daniel Mont3 and Nora Groce3, (1)Fordham University, (2)Nossal Institute for Global Health, (3)University College, London

Public Assistance and Health and Education for Children in China: Evidence from Propensity Score Matching
Qin Gao1, Shiyou Wu2 and Fuhua Zhai1, (1)Fordham University, (2)University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Global Social Conditions on Basic Needs and Social Opportunities: A Broader View for Students
Jing Guo1, Jessica-Leigh Glasser1, Jessica Spillers1 and Sarah Marshall2, (1)University of Hawaii, Manoa, (2)University of Hawaii

Children growing up in poverty face many obstacles such as huger, malnutrition, poor health, lack of education, and limited life opportunities. These challenges are especially prominent in developing countries where social policies and institutional support are insufficient. This panel includes a set of new papers examining these topics using recent household survey data from China, Tanzania, Vietnam, as well as aggregate data from the UN Human Development Index and the World Bank for over 45 developing countries. These papers use a variety of advanced statistical methods such as regression discontinuity and propensity score matching to provide rigorous assessment of policy impacts. Panelists include scholars from UNICEF, universities, and think tanks; from Australia, UK, and US; of different racial/ethnic groups; and both accomplished scholars and doctoral students. This unique panel will help draw attention to the growing scholarship on social policy and child outcomes in developing countries and stimulate discussions among academicians as well as policymakers.
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