Orazio Attanasio, a member of our Early Childhood Interventions and Markets networks, has been awarded the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize "in recognition of his ground-breaking achievements in child and youth development."
Attanasio is Head of the Department of Economics at University College London, and is Research Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The Jacobs Foundation writes that Attanasio has "pushed research frontiers by using economic models in combination with field experiments to assess and shape health and education policies in early childhood development in low-income and middle-income settings." The Foundation seeks to promote child and youth development worldwide. Since 2009, it has awarded two annual prizes for "exceptional achievements in research and practice in the field of child and youth development."
According to the Jacobs Foundation website, Attanasio will use his prize to "implement and evaluate an intervention in rural India to provide children with better quality childcare in different settings and for different age groups."
His recent research has focused on the impact and design of conditional cash transfers (CCTs), education choices, and early childhood development interventions.