Janet Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, talked on
"The Long Term Consequences of Childhood Health and Circumstance"
Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Well Being. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the Econometric Society, as well as past Vice President of the American Economic Association and in-coming President of the Society of Labor Economists. She is on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children including early intervention programs, expansions of public health insurance, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in child health, environmental threats to children’s health, and the long term effects of poor health in early childhood.
Abstract of her communication: "It is increasingly understood that circumstances very early in life, including the fetal period, have long term effects on child development and adult capabilities. This lecture will review what is known both about which features of early life matter most and about how suboptimal circumstances can be mitigated. There will be a particular focus on the complexity derived from the interaction of nature and nurture, and on the difficulties involved inferring causal effects of these circumstances."
One of the books she wrote: