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There is a growing consensus that child health and cognitive development are influenced by the social, economic, built, and policy environmental contexts in which children live. However, the majority of research examining these relationships has relied on cross-sectional data and potential mechanisms for relationships are not well explored. This dissertation examined how the local environment contexts contribute to children's health and cognition in three essays.

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  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Neighborhood and home food environment and Children's diet and obesity: Evidence from Military Personnel's Installation Assignment

  • Chapter Three

    Ambient air pollution and children's cognitive outcomes

  • Chapter Four

    Children's vulnerability to cognitive effects of air pollution

  • Chapter Five


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This document was submitted as a dissertation in May 2017 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Ashlesha Datar (Chair), Nancy Nicosia, and Regina Shih.

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