Workshop: Economics of Child Health with Janet Currie

The Economics of Child Health

A workshop co-organized by the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) and the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU).

Health during childhood is increasingly understood as a critical determinant of later-life wellbeing and economic outcomes, including educational achievement and wages. This workshop—jointly organized by the Economics Department of Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) and the Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS) Vienna—will bring together distinguished scholars from Europe who present cutting-edge work on understanding the causes and consequences of child health and related policies.

As a special guest, we are honored to welcome American Economic Association president-elect Janet Currie, 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. Currie is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. She was named a Nomis Distinguished Scientist in 2019 and was named one of the top 10 women in Economics by the World Economic Forum in July 2015.

The workshop will be concluded by a public keynote lecture by Janet Currie, which will also be streamed.

After the keynote lecture, join us for drinks and snacks at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS).


  • Janet Currie, Princeton University
  • Gabriella Conti, University College London
  • Meltem Daysal, University of Copenhagen
  • Maarten Lindeboom, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • ˆAnalisa Packham, Vanderbilt University and Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU)
  • ˆBettina Siflinger, Tilburg University
  • Joachim Winter, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Preliminary Program






Joachim Winter - Early-life conditions and health outcomes: Heterogeneity within Germany

Meltem Daysal - Germs in the family: consequences of intra-household respiratory disease spread


Coffee Break


Bettina Siflinger - Structurally estimating the infant health production function




Gabriella Conti -  Understanding the production of child development in home visiting at scale: experimental evidence from England

Maarten Lindeboom - Mothers, fathers and newborns: The effect of firm downsizing on pregnancy outcomes and infant health


Coffee Break


Analisa Packham - Effects of universal and unconditional cash transfers on child maltreatment




Keynote Lecture Janet Currie - Child health as human captial


Conference Dinner (fee approx. 80€)


Due to limited space in the IHS lecture hall,we ask you to register for the event here: Registration

We thank the Austrian Health Insurance Fund (ÖGK) and the Austrian Health Economics Association (ATHEA) for their generous support.