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Human Capital: How what you know shapes your life by Brian Keeley

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3. First Steps

Raising children was once mainly a job for families and their neighbours. Today, as more and more women go out to work, how we care for young children is becoming an increasingly important public issue. Well thought-out policies can do a lot to support very young children as they take their first steps into the wider world.

By way of introduction...

In the Mexican village of San Nicolás de los Ranchos, the local seamstress has noticed a change in her trade. Until quite recently, Beatriz Tlatenco Sandre spent much of her time making shrouds for children. “I dressed up kids who had passed away, clothed in the same robes of the saint chosen by their parents”, she told a reporter. According to a Mexican tradition, dressing ...

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