What are the Long-Run and Inter-Generational Impacts of Child Health Investments in East Africa?

It has been challenging to establish how health investments in childhood affect individuals’ life trajectories, especially in low- and middle-income regions of the world, due to pervasive data limitations. This talk discusses a new project that leverages recent methodological innovations in development economics and a unique dataset tracking thousands of Kenyans over two decades (the Kenya Life Panel Survey). The evidence indicates that investments in child health radiate out over time and across generations in multiple, and perhaps surprising, ways.