Norbert R. Schady

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The effect of macroeconomic crises on child health is a topic of great policy importance. This article analyzes the impact of a profound crisis in Peru on infant mortality. It finds an increase of about 2.5 percentage points in the infant mortality rate for children born during the crisis of the late 1980s, which implies that about 17,000 more children died(More)
We study the impact of the 1988-1994 trade liberalization in Brazil on the industry wage structure. Industry affiliation potentially provides an important channel through which trade liberalization affects worker earnings and wage inequality between skilled and unskilled workers. Our empirical results suggest that while industry affiliation is in fact an(More)
The issue of possible non-linearities in the relationship between log wages and schooling has received a good deal of attention in the literature on the United States, as well as in Less Developed Countries (LDCs). In this paper, I use data from a recent, high quality household survey for the Philippines, the 1998 Annual Poverty Indicator Survey (APIS), to(More)
We examine the relationship between early cognitive development, socioeconomic status (SES), child health, and parenting quality in a developing country. We use a sample of more than 3,000 predominantly poor preschoolaged children from Ecuador, and analyze determinants of their scores on a widely used test of language ability. We find that household wealth(More)
Do aggregate income shocks, such as those caused by macroeconomic crises or droughts, reduce child human capital? The answer to this question has important implications for public policy. If shocks reduce investments in children, they may have a long-lasting impact on poverty and its intergenerational transmission. The authors develop a simple framework to(More)
A large body of research indicates that child development is sensitive to early-life environments, so that poor children are at higher risk for poor cognitive and behavioral outcomes. These developmental outcomes are important determinants of success in adulthood. Yet, remarkably little is known about whether poverty-alleviation programs improve children's(More)
1 This project is a collaborative effort involving many people. First, we want to recognize the work and commitment for the evaluation agenda of the program of José Luis Polanco, director of the project coordinating unit (PCU) at the Ministry of Labor in the Dominican Republic. He and his team have taken the evaluation very seriously posing the relevant(More)