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Investing in the wellbeing of young people: making the economic case

McDaid, David ORCID: 0000-0003-0744-2664, Park, A-La, Currie, Candice and Zanotti, Cara (2014) Investing in the wellbeing of young people: making the economic case. In: McDaid, David and Cooper, Cary, (eds.) Economics of wellbeing. Wellbeing: a complete reference guide (Vol. 5). Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 181-214. ISBN 9781118608388

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Identification Number: 10.1002/9781118539415.wbwell104


This chapter looks in detail at the economic arguments for investing in measures to promote and protect the wellbeing of young people. We look at what is known about the long-term benefits of good wellbeing, as well as the consequences of poor wellbeing, indicating the many economic impacts that been identified in studies that have followed young people for many decades into adulthood. Highly cost-effective actions to protect psychological wellbeing, address overweight and obesity, and reduce risks from alcohol, smoking, and sexual behavior can be identified. In addition, there is compelling evidence, largely from a U.S. context, suggesting that investing in preschool educational interventions can generate positive returns on investment over the life course.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 13:26
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 23:03

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