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Inside the War on Poverty: The Impact of Food Stamps on Birth Outcomes

Douglas Almond, Hilary W. Hoynes, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

NBER Working Paper No. 14306
Issued in September 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

We would like to thank Justin McCrary for providing the Chay-Greenstone-McCrary geography crosswalk and Karen Norberg for advice on cause of death codes. This work was supported by a USDA Food Assistance Research Grant (awarded by Joint Center for Poverty Research at Northwestern University and University of Chicago), USDA FANRP Project 235 "Impact of Food Stamps and WIC on Health and Long Run Economic Outcomes", and the Russell Sage Foundation. We also thank Ken Chay, Janet Currie, Ted Joyce, Bob LaLonde, Doug Miller and seminar participants at the Harris School, Dartmouth, MIT, LSE, UC Irvine, IIES (Stockholm University), the NBER Summer Institute, and the SF Fed Summer Institute for helpful comments. Alan Barreca, Rachel Henry Currans-Sheehan, Elizabeth Munnich, Ankur Patel and Charles Stoecker provided excellent research assistance, and Usha Patel entered the regionally-aggregated vital statistics data for 1960-75. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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