The developmental origins of health

Health Econ. 2012 Jan;21(1):24-9. doi: 10.1002/hec.1802.


This paper argues that health economists should consider the costs and benefits of preventing rather than treating disease. It sketches a developmental approach to health that examines the costs and benefits of interventions over the life cycle.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Economics, Medical*
  • Educational Status
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion
  • Health*
  • Human Development*
  • Humans
  • Personality
  • Statistics as Topic