Work on this article by Yoshikawa was supported in part by National Science Foundation Grant BCS0721383.
The Effects of Large-Scale Economic Change and Policies on Children’s Developmental Contexts and Developmental Outcomes
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child Development Perspectives © 2011 The Society for Research in Child Development
Child Development Perspectives
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 342–350, December 2012
How to Cite
Weiland, C. and Yoshikawa, H. (2012), The Effects of Large-Scale Economic Change and Policies on Children’s Developmental Contexts and Developmental Outcomes. Child Development Perspectives, 6: 342–350. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-8606.2011.00222.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2011
- economic change;
- child development contexts
Abstract— In the current era of rapid economic change in societies worldwide, it is vital to examine how large-scale societal changes might affect children’s development. This article summarizes existing evidence on 3 types of large-scale economic change and policies that theory and empirical evidence suggest affect children’s development: economic growth and downturns, changes in demand for worker skills, and employment policies and regulations. It also summarizes evidence regarding the community- and family-level mechanisms through which these effects may be conveyed, focusing where possible on empirical studies that can identify causality. It concludes with recommendations for future research.