UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Impact of Investing in Children: Assessing the Cross-country Econometric Evidence

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AUTHOR Edward Anderson and Sarah Hague
ORGANIZATION Save the Children
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2007
TOPIC Child-sensitive social protection
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This paper examines the hypothesis that increases in public expenditure which translate into benefits for children have a positive impact on economic growth and a negative impact on inequality. This may be due to the avoidance of irreversible disadvantage to a person’s future productivity, mitigation of the intergenerational transfer of poverty and reduction of future costs of health, education and social welfare systems.


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