Health Before Birth: Why it Matters and What can be Done?

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Janet Currie, PhD, is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Well Being.

Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in child health, and on environmental threats to children’s health. She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs.

Dr. Currie’s presentation will describe economic approaches to the study of early childhood and fetal investments. She will explain the available evidence regarding long-term effects of early life health and discuss approaches to causal inference in this context.

Dr. Currie is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. She was elected Vice President of the American Economics Association in 2010, and will be President of the Society of Labor Economists in 2014. She has also served as a consultant for the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys and on the advisory board of the National Children’s Study.

Presentation: 50 minutes

PowerPoint slides at bottom of page

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