The Impact of Universal Child Benefits on Family Health and Behaviours

24 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2018

See all articles by Laetitia Lebihan

Laetitia Lebihan

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics

Charles Olivier Mao Takongmo

University of Western Ontario - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 19, 2018

Abstract

In 2006, the Universal Child Care Benefit was introduced in Canada for all children aged less than 6 years. This program aims to help cover the cost of children and to provide financial assistance to families with young children in their choice of childcare. We exploit this policy change to estimate the effects of unconditional family cash transfers on the health and behaviours of two-parent families and their children. Using a difference-in-differences model, we find no evidence that the program improved child and parental outcomes in aggregate. A modest but fragile beneficial effect is found for low-education families and for girls.

Keywords: Universal Child Benefits, Health, Well-Being, Behaviour

JEL Classification: J13, I10, J18

Suggested Citation

Lebihan, Laetitia and Mao Takongmo, Charles Olivier, The Impact of Universal Child Benefits on Family Health and Behaviours (June 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3199093 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3199093

Laetitia Lebihan (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics ( email )

Social Sciences Building Room 9005
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

Charles Olivier Mao Takongmo

University of Western Ontario - Department of Economics ( email )

Social Science Centre, Room 4071
London, Ontario N6A 5C2
Canada

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