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The long-run effects of longer follow-up

02 February 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this webinar, Miriam Wüst will discuss the importance of childhood health investments by exploiting a 1960s pragmatic randomised trial in Copenhagen.

This event is free.

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Francesca Foliano

Miriam will discuss a trial which extended universal first-year nurse home visits for all infants to nurse visits in the first three years of life for ten percent of all children - the hand-written nurse records for children of the 1959-1967 cohorts were transcribed and linked to administrative data at Statistics Denmark to measure adult outcomes, using techniques from computer vision and machine learning.

She will talk about the long-run health benefits for treated children, showing that these enjoy health improvements in early childhood by illustrating potential mechanisms based on complementary data from a historical cohort study.

Miriam will argue that these results imply that targeted follow-up for disadvantaged children in settings with universal first-year preventive care may have large health returns in the longer-run.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in health economics, early childhood investments and labour economics.

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About the Speaker

Miriam Wüst

Associate Professor at Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, and CEBI - The  Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality

Miriam is also affiliated with The Danish Center for Social Science Research.