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Child development and Economic Development: Lessons and Future Challenges

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Young Lives

This review essay summarises current research into child development that investigates what promotes and what threatens children’s growth and security. It examines how the well-being of children affects and is affected by wider societal (especially economic) development; whether and in what ways children have benefited from economic growth; and which policy directions can help to make economic growth deliver advantages for poor children in developing countries. It uses evidence from Young Lives and a wider literature across several disciplines to illustrate the core arguments. Thus, while much of the discussion focuses on the Young Lives study countries – Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh), Peru, and Vietnam – the conclusions are applicable more broadly across many other contexts

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