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Investment In Child Nutrition Could Provide Future Economic Benefits, Study Shows

Wall Street Journal: Study Ties Children’s Nutrition to Indonesia’s Future
“…In a paper released [Tuesday], a team of economists commissioned by a think tank called the Copenhagen Consensus Center looks at where money can be invested in development to ensure the biggest impact. It finds that every dollar invested in better nutrition in Indonesia could yield benefits of $166. In the Philippines it is $153, followed by India at $134. To determine the cost-benefit ratio, the economists compared how much it would cost to improve nutrition against the benefits healthy children could provide to a country’s economy in the future, in the form of higher wages, for example…” (Schonhardt, 11/25).

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