Panel: Childhood Interventions and Human Capital Development

Saturday, November 9, 2019: 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
I.M Pei Tower: Majestic Level, Majestic Ballroom (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Anuj Gangopadhyaya, Urban Institute
Panel Chair:  Collin Hitt, Southern Illinois University

This panel consists of three studies investigating the relationship between childhood shocks (adverse or advantageous) or policy interventions on human capital development. The first paper examines childhood exposure to lead in drinking water and its effect on school attendance in Massachusetts from 1860-1990. The second paper assesses the impact of the 1963 introduction of the measles vaccination, focusing on the short-run health and education gains as well as the long-run impact on earnings. The final paper investigates the association between childhood exposure to the Earned Income Tax Credit and health in young adulthood. Together, these papers help shape policymakers' understandings about the relationship between childhood interventions and short- and long-run gains in human capital.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder Among Pregnant Women in Three State Medicaid Programs
Victoria Lynch1, Ian Hill1, Lisa Clemans-Cope1, Embry Howell1, Caitlin Cross-Barnet2 and J. Alice Thompson2, (1)Urban Institute, (2)Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Exposure to the Earned Income Tax Credit on Health Outcomes
Breno Braga, Fredric Blavin and Anuj Gangopadhyaya, Urban Institute

Lead Exposure and School Attendance
Gisella Kagy, Vassar College

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