Long-Term Effects of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Program on Education and Labor Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial
Thursday, November 12, 2015 : 8:30 AM
Brickell North (Hyatt Regency Miami)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
We evaluate long-term effects of KMC on several education and labor outcomes of preterm or low weight children born in 1993 in Bogotá. We take advantage of an RCT that randomly assigned these children to either incubator or KMC. We find that KMC children enrolled longer in preschool and had less temporary school absence. In addition, KMC individuals that are already in the labor market earn higher wages than their counterparts. We also find that, on average, KMC children obtain worse scores in Math and Language exams. This negative result is concentrated in the more premature children. This is compatible with the initial findings using this RCT that show that KMC program protect the more vulnerable children.
- KMC paper.pdf (548.5KB)