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Occasional Flexibility: Small Request; Big Impact—Issue Brief

by Kevin E. Cahill, Ph.D. and Jacquelyn B. James, Ph.D.

November 2013—In 2012, the Copenhagen Consensus Center organized a panel of leading economists to list in order of priority the most cost-effective ways to advance global welfare. What might one expect to see at the top of such a list? Tackle climate change? Extend protected wildlife areas? Work to reduce heart attacks? No to all three. The top contender: reducing undernutrition in preschoolers. The economists estimate that the financial benefits of bundled interventions to reduce undernutrition in preschoolers are 30 times greater than the cost. That is, each dollar spent to combat undernutrition in preschoolers has an estimated payoff of 30 dollars.  More »

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