Impactful study: Children from poor families are disadvantaged early on

Children from poor families are falling behind early on, reports newspaper De Volkskrant based on new research from Erasmus School of Economics with data from 153,000 children.

As soon as after just four months, health differences can be seen between babies from poor families and babies from rich families. From the age of about two years, the gap becomes even wider. The impactful study, among others reported by the daily newspaper De Volkskrant on Friday 23 July 2021, was conducted by researchers Bastian Ravesteijn and Coen van de Kraats of Erasmus School of Economics. They looked at data on weight, language development and social and psychological problems, amongst other things. Those non-traceable data on children born between 1998 and 2017 come from child health centers and school doctors in four different regions.

Media attention

  • You can watch the media appearance of Bastian Ravesteijn in the NOS news broadcast (at 17min:10s), 23 July 2021, here
  • You can watch the media appearance of Bastian Ravesteijn in the RTL news broadcast (at 14min:12s), 23 July 2021, here
  • You can read the full article from RTV Rijnmond, 23 July 2021, here
  • You can read the full article from De Volkskrant, 23 July 2021, here
  • You can read the full article from NOS, 23 July 2021, here
  • You can listen to an interview with Bastian Ravesteijn at NPO Radio 1 here
  • You can download the full article from Trouw, 4 August 2021, below.
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Ronald de Groot
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rdegroot@ese.eur.nl
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