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Healthcare for Newborns has Long-term Benefits

IFN Newsletter
Nilsson, Therese (2016). “Healthcare for Newborns has Long-term Benefits”. IFN Newsletter (2), 1–4.

Therese Nilsson

Recent research at IFN finds that free infant care during the first year of life has not only substantial positive short-term health effects, but also positive long-term effects. These services, including the provision of soft inputs to parents, also seem to have positive welfare effects over the life span in other respects, such as through improved cognitive skills and labour market outcomes. The effects are particularly strong for women.