Effects of Child Health on Sources of Public Support

35 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2004 Last revised: 30 May 2021

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Nancy E. Reichman

Rutgers University, New Brunswick - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Hope Corman

Rider University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Kelly Noonan

Rider University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: September 2004

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Reichman, Nancy E. and Corman, Hope and Noonan, Kelly, Effects of Child Health on Sources of Public Support (September 2004). NBER Working Paper No. w10762, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=590785

Nancy E. Reichman

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