Measuring Investment in Human Capital Formation: An Experimental Analysis of Early Life Outcomes Orla Doyle, Colm Harmon, James Heckman, Caitriona Logue, Seong Moon UCL, 25 th -26 th June 2012. Preparing for Life Programme.
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Measuring Investment in Human Capital Formation: An Experimental Analysis of Early Life Outcomes
Orla Doyle, Colm Harmon, James Heckman,
Caitriona Logue, Seong Moon
UCL, 25th-26th June 2012
Source: Census (2006)- CSO
Aim:Improve levels of school readiness by assisting parents in developing skills to prepare their children for school
Bottom-up approach: community initiative involving 28 community groups, service providers, & local representatives
Theoretical Framework: Grounded in several psychological theories of development including the theory ofhuman attachment, socio-ecological theory of development and social-learning theory
Evaluation: Randomised Control Trial design
Unconditional probability randomisation strategy
After informed consent obtained, mother ask to press the key to allocate her assignment condition
Evaluation & Implementation team automatically received an email with the assigned PFL ID number and treatment condition
Preserves the integrity of the procedure as no opportunity for recruiter to intentionally influence assignment
115 allocated to High treatment group
118 allocated to Low treatment group
Baseline Characteristics Associated with Attrition
Results for high & low treatment groups: Child development
Notes:1 one-tailed (right-sided) p value from an individual permutation test with 1000 replications. 2 one-tailed (right-sided) p value from a Step Down permutation test with 1000 replications. * indicates the variable was reverse coded for the testing procedure. ‘ns’ indicates the variable is not statistically significant.
Evaluation website: http://geary.ucd.ie/preparingforlife/