Child & Family

Testing the Impact of Non-cognitive Skills on Children’s Future Success

By studying the impact of the introduction of a universal child care program in Quebec, Baker et al. argue that shocks to the development of children’s non-cognitive skills lead to worse health, higher crime rates, and lower life satisfaction in the long run.

ABC, It’s as Easy as 1 2 3: Parents as Early Teachers

New research shows that parental incentives for child development can yield large gains in both cognitive and non-cognitive domains for young children.

The Nip and Tuck of the Illinois Budget: Cuts to Children and Families

Budget cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program continue to wreak havoc on the children and families of Illinois.

Mommy and Me: The Impact of Paid Family Leave on Breastfeeding

Researchers examine the impact of a new paid family leave policy in California on rates of breastfeeding.

Stuck in the System: Which Youths Are Most Likely to Be Rearrested as Adults?

A current study explores the likelihood that juveniles in the criminal justice system will be rearrested as adults. Researchers find that variables influencing these outcomes differ across gender.

Mothers Behind Bars and the Children Who Suffer

Researchers examine the prevalence of mental health needs among children of incarcerated mothers and determine that many of them do not have access to necessary services.

Can Behavioral Economists Nudge Young Hands Out of the Cookie Jar?

Using incentives to influence children’s food choices may have an impact that extends beyond a one-time choice. Leveraging behavioral economic techniques, like incentives, could help encourage children to choose and consume healthier foods.

The Unintended Consequence of Mandatory Child Care in Chile

A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates the impact of mandatory childcare on the wages of women in Chile.

Changing Parental Behavior One Nudge at a Time

University of Chicago Developmental Psychologist Ariel Kalil discusses the use of behavioral economics in parenting interventions, research on preschool, and challenges in the field of early childhood education.

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