Early Childhood Growth and Development in Four Countries: Young Lives

Project Description

The project goal is to close critical gaps in understanding the patterns, determinants and impacts of post-infancy child growth faltering and growth recovery among children in poor populations. The Young Lives project will identify the roles of long-run income changes and short-term income shocks in determining growth trajectories (including post-infancy growth faltering and post-infancy recovery from early-life growth failure) between ages 1, 5 and 8 years and to identify the impact of these growth trajectories on schooling, cognitive development and academic achievement. The team is analyzing data from 8000 children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam collected at ages 1, 5 and 8 years. Young Lives is the largest cross-national cohort on poverty and child well-being in the developing world.

Project Details

Principal Investigator Dr. Kirk Dearden
Boston University Co-Investigators n/a
Collaborators Dr. Jere Behrman, University of Pennsylvania (prime recipient)
Country(ies) Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam
Dates of Research 2011 – 2014
Donor/Funder Gates_foundation_logo_150The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation