Early Childhood Interventions: Experimental and Observational Evidence

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Room 205

An International Perspective, by Costas Meghir Yale University, Department of Economics

Costas Meghir is the “Douglas A. Warner III” Professor of Economics and a co-director of the Cowles foundation structural microeconomics program at Yale University. He is an International Research Affiliate at the IFS and a visiting Professor at UCL. Having graduated from Manchester University with a Ph.D., he worked at University College London becoming a Full Professor and the Head of Department. He is Fellow of the Econometric Society, Fellow of the British Academy, and Fellow of the Society for Labor Economics. He has been co-editor of Econometrica and joint managing editor of the Economic Journal. He has published in leading journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies and the Journal of Political Economy. Costas Meghir teaches Labor Economics and Econometrics to graduates and undergraduates at Yale.

His research spans a broad set of fields, including household behavior and human capital formation. His main research efforts are currently focused on Early Childhood Development and the design of scalable policies improving child outcomes. He has been involved in the design and evaluation of an ECD intervention based on home visiting and in a subsequent center based program promoting early cognitive development in Colombia. Currently he is directing an NIH and World Bank funded project in Odisha (India), testing alternative forms of delivery (home visiting and group) for stimulation and nutritional interventions aiming at improved cognitive and health outcomes that are both cost-effective to implement and produce sustainable longer-run improvements.

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