Inside the black box of treatment exposure
Early-life policies have long-run impacts. While most research relates individuals' outcomes to program availability, intention-to-treat analyses do not speak to the effects at the intensive margin, the role of parental response, and the role of providers. These factors are instrumental for policy makers today.
Studying infant nurse home visiting, this proposal asks:
What are the causal effects of treatment intensity (program components, the timing and provider of services) on adult health, educational and labor market outcomes?
Principal investigator Miriam Wüst explains:
- We create linked individual-level historical and administrative register data for all individuals of the 1959-1967 cohorts in Copenhagen. For identification, we exploit a trial randomly assigning infants to higher program intensity, and variation across cohort*district and quasi-randomly assigned nurses. Studying the 1960s, we contribute insights on the origins of contemporary socio-economic inequalities and the role of early-life policies in explaining those.
|Miriam Wüst||Associate Professor||Empirical Research on Children and Families; Health Economics; Applied Micro Econometrics; Family Economics|
Inside the black box of treatment exposure has received a four year funding from Independent Research Fund Denmark
Period: 2019 - 2022