Rethinking Barker

New economic perspectives on early life factors shaping later life outcomes

Mai 30 – June 1, 2014

Essen, Germany


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About the topic

The Barker hypothesis has revolutionized our view of how different phases in life interact in the determination of health and socio-economic outcomes. There is substantial evidence showing that environmental conditions in utero and during early childhood can have large and sometimes surprising long-term effects. However, the implications for individual decisions and policy remain unclear. The conference aims at expanding our knowledge on these issues.

Examples of single topics (amongst others):

  • Economic evaluation of early life interventions in a life cycle perspective
  • The impact of early life health shocks on the development of cognitive abilities
  • Non-Cognitive and Psychosocial skills: their development over the life cycle
  • The role of health in the intergenerational transmission of socio-economic status
  • Nutrition and food insecurity
  • Scarring and selective mortality
  • Identification and estimation of dynamic complementarities
  • Structural modeling of child development
  • Parental investments

Keynote Speakers

Scientific Committee