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Replication data for: Income, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Infant Health

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  • Hoynes, Hilary
  • Miller, Doug
  • Simon, David
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  • Abstract

    This paper uses quasi-experimental variation from federal tax reform to evaluate the effect of the EITC on infant health outcomes. We find that the EITC reduces the incidence of low birth weight and increases mean birth weight: a $1,000 treatment-on-the-treated leads to a 2 to 3 percent decline in low birth weight. Our results suggest that the candidate mechanisms include more prenatal care and less negative health behaviors (smoking). Additionally, we find a shift from public to private insurance coverage, and for some a reduction in insurance overall, indicating a potential change in the quality and perhaps quantity of coverage. (JEL H24, I12, I38, J13)
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    DOI: 10.1257/pol.20120179 (Text)
  • Hoynes, Hilary, Doug Miller, and David Simon. “Income, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Infant Health.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 7, no. 1 (February 2015): 172–211.
    • ID: 10.1257/pol.20120179 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-13

Hoynes, Hilary; Miller, Doug; Simon, David (2015): Replication data for: Income, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Infant Health. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.