The Effects of Childhood Health on Social Inequality

Director: Margot Jackson
Research Theme: Consequences of Migration in Sending and Receiving Areas
Location: United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Funding: Spencer Foundation

Interested in the early origins of inequality and the role of child health in the production of social inequality, Jackson uses longitudinal data from the U.S. and the United Kingdom to study child health as a source of compounding disadvantage in skill development during the school years. A recent paper examines health as a source of cumulative disadvantage in skill development, focusing in particular on whether the timing and persistence of poor health have a lasting impact.  In related work, Jackson is examining the case of childhood nutritional policy—WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and school meal programs. This research is relevant to the important policy question of when in the early life cycle health investments might be most effectively targeted, as well as for how long.