Researchers in CESR’s Program for Children and Families conduct theoretical and empirical research on the determinants and consequences of children’s health, educational and developmental outcomes starting from birth through young adulthood. This research examines the influences of family-level factors, neighborhoods and communities, and policy environment on the well-being of children and families. The Program consists of an interdisciplinary group of researchers representing a wide range of disciplines including economics, sociology, psychology, and public policy.

For more information, please contact Program Director Ashlesha Datar.


To see our ongoing research on Children and Families, please visit:

Military Teenagers Environments, Exercise, and Nutrition Study

Behavioral and Experimental Economics Research   

Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center Study   

Watts Neighborhood Health Study