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Inside the War on Poverty: The Impact of Food Stamps on Birth Outcomes
Hilary Williamson Hoynes Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
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Douglas Almond: Columbia University and NBER
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach: Northwestern University and NBER
, 2011, vol. 93, issue 2, pages 387-403
The Review of Economics and Statistics Abstract:
This paper evaluates the health impacts of a signature initiative of the War on Poverty: the introduction of the modern Food Stamp Program (FSP). Using variation in the month FSP began operating in each U.S. county, we find that pregnancies exposed to FSP three months prior to birth yielded deliveries with increased birth weight, with the largest gains at the lowest birth weights. We also find small but statistically insignificant improvements in neonatal mortality. We conclude that the sizable increase in income from FSP improved birth outcomes for both whites and African Americans, with larger impacts for African American mothers. © 2011 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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