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Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Health Economics

Health Economics

Prof. Dr. Ana Costa-Ramón

Our research group studies how child health as early as in the prenatal period is a critical form of human capital. We seek to understand the implications of child health for future adult health and productivity.

One strand of research investigates the effect of children's negative health events on their own and their family's well-being. To do so, we use rich data sources that allow us to provide credible causal estimates of the impact of negative health events during childbirth, and from childhood to teenage years.

We also analyze the impact of public policies on children’s health and development. For example, the effects of cash transfers or paternity leave policies.