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Effects of Child Health on Sources of Public Support

Nancy E. Reichman, Hope Corman, Kelly Noonan

NBER Working Paper No. 10762
Issued in September 2004
NBER Program(s):   HE   PE

We estimate the effects of having a child in poor health on the mother's receipt of both cash assistance and in-kind public support in the form of food, health care, and shelter. We control for a rich set of covariates, include state fixed effects, and test for the potential endogeneity of child health. Mothers with children in poor health are 5 percentage points (20%) more likely to rely on TANF and 16 percentage points more likely to rely on cash assistance (TANF and/or SSI) than those with healthy children. They are also more likely than those with healthy children to receive Medicaid and housing assistance, but not WIC or food stamps.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w10762

Published: Reichman, Nancy, Hope Corman and Kelly Noonan. “Effects of Child Health on Sources of Public Support.” Southern Economic Journal 73, 1 (July 2006): 136-156.

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