Applied Economics Seminar: The First 2,000 Days and Child Skills: Evidence & Update from a Randomized Experiment of Home Visiting
The School of Economics invites you to an applied economics seminar presented by Orla Doyle (University College Dublin).
Using a randomized experiment, this study investigates the impact of sustained investment in parenting, from pregnancy until age five, in the context of extensive welfare provision. Providing the Preparing for Life program, incorporating home visiting, group parenting, and baby massage, to disadvantaged Irish families raises children’s cognitive and socio-emotional/behavioral scores by two-thirds and one-quarter of a standard deviation respectively. There are few differential effects by gender and stronger gains for firstborns and lower resource households. The program also narrowed the socioeconomic gap in children’s skills. Analyses account for small sample size, differential attrition, multiple testing, contamination, and performance bias.