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Mark McGovern is a Program on the Global Demography of Aging Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from University College Dublin. His areas of interest are health and development economics, and his recent research covers childhood and infant health, aging, and measuring HIV prevalence rates in developing countries.

Several of his papers are concerned with evaluating the lasting impact of early life circumstance. For a summary of a recent paper on the long run impact of public health interventions see the recent Vox article: Improving child health reduces disability and health inequalities among adults (Liam Delaney, Mark McGovern, James P Smith, 2011).