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2-003 - Life, Death, and Mental Health: How Access to Care Helps Children Succeed

Fri, March 22, 8:00 to 9:30am, Baltimore Convention Center, Floor: Level 3, Room 307

Session Type: Invited Address

Integrative Statement

The U.S. provides a case study of how increasing access to health care prenatally and in early childhood reduces deaths and leads to long-term improvements in child and young adult outcomes. While inequality in mortality increased in the U.S. among older adults, it declined among children and approached the low levels seen in countries such as Canada. Improved mental health appears to be an important mechanism, driving better outcomes in surviving children.

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Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is the in-coming President of the American Society of Health Economics, has served as the Vice President of the American Economics Association, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Society of Labor Economists, and of the Econometric Society, and has honorary degrees from the University of Lyon and the University of Zurich. Dr. Currie is a pioneer in the economic analysis of child development. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in health and access to health care, environmental threats to health, and the important role of mental health.