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Dr Hans Sievertsen awarded research grant from Independent Research Council Denmark

19 November 2020

The project ‘Family background, early investment policies and parental investments’ will examine the impact and interplay of early-life investment policies, family background, and parental beliefs and behaviours on a child’s development and the formation of human capital using novel data sets.

The research will mainly take place in Copenhagen, commencing in 2021, and has been awarded a research sum of 5,1 mio DKK.

Dr Sievertsen explains:

Existing research points to the (separate) importance of early-life investment policies, family background, and parental beliefs and behaviours as key in the development of child health and human capital. However, we still have limited evidence on the interaction of those factors due to a lack of large-scale individual level data combining information on program participation, family background, parental behaviours, and children's development during childhood.

In this project we attempt to fill that gap by combining Danish administrative register data with

(i) unique municipal records on nurse home visiting and
(ii) a cohort study surveying both parents of three recent cohorts of Danish children.

For identification, we will exploit different sources of natural (policy) variation (in screening for postpartum mental health issues and in the peer-group assignment of new mothers) and we develop an encompassing model of human capital formation based on our rich data.

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