UCL Department of Economics


Prof. Orazio P. Attanasio – 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize Recipient

3 November 2016

The Jacobs Foundation have awarded Prof. Orazio Attanasio, Head of the Department of Economics at University College London (UCL) and Research Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) 1 million Swiss francs for his use of economic models and field experiments to assess and shape early child development programs and policies in low income countries.

Prof. Orazio P. Attanasio says: “250 million children under age 5 in developing countries are at risk of not achieving their developmental potential. We want parents to invest in their children by stimulating them. It is crucial to understand how these parental investments shape children’s development as this will impact the design of effective programs and policies”.

With the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize money, Prof. Attanasio will implement and evaluate an intervention in rural India to provide children with better quality childcare in different settings and for different age groups. This will generate new evidence on the interaction of early interventions at home and center-based interventions for older children.

The Jacobs Foundation media release

2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize “Sustaining the Gains – An Integrated Approach to Early Childhood Development”

Profile: Prof. Orazio Attanasio