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Sean Sylvia, ‘Early Childhood Development in Rural China: Evidence from the Qinling Cohort Study’
March 27, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A growing body of cross-disciplinary research suggests that human capital deficits in early life negatively affect later life outcomes and that interventions in early childhood can substantially improve health and productivity in adulthood. Given this evidence – and growing recognition that human capital development is an important mechanism affecting the persistence of poverty and inequality – investing in early childhood has risen on the policy agenda in a number of developing countries. The goal of the Qinling cohort study is to inform early childhood policies in China. Across five waves of data collection, this study follows a cohort of more than 1,800 children in rural areas of southern Shaanxi province from six months of age until age five. Using this unique data, this talk will discuss the nutritional and developmental status of rural children and its evolution in early childhood. It will also present the results of two embedded randomized trials: one testing the effects of micronutrient supplementation and another intervention providing parenting support through home visits by cadres from China’s Family Planning Commission.
Sean Sylvia is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Sylvia is a health and development economist whose research focuses on designing and evaluating innovative approaches to improve the delivery of health services in developing countries. Prior to joining Carolina, he worked as an assistant professor in the School of Economics at Renmin University of China.
This event is sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center.