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Three Perspectives on Poverty and Child Health

Erin Hamilton, Ph.D.; Hilary Hoynes, Ph.D.; and Doug Miller, Ph.D., UC Davis
Apr 09, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Emerging Health Disparities Among New Generations of U.S. Children

This study documents that the prevalence of four common child health conditions (asthma, allergies, developmental delays, and learning disabilities) increases across immigrant generations of U.S. children. Alongside this pattern of "unhealthy Americanization" are emerging racial and ethnic health disparities.

Erin Hamilton is an assistant professor of sociology at UC Davis. She studies racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health.

Hilary_HoynesThe Safety Net and Infant Health
This study examines the 1993 EITC expansion to measure the effect the extra income has on rates of low birth weight.  They found that while the EITC is not a health program, it does have a clear impact on newborn health.

Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis and the co-editor of the leading journal in economics, American Economic Review. Hoynes received her undergraduate degree from Colby College and her PhD from Stanford University.  Hoynes specializes in the study of poverty, inequality, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low income families.

Doug_MillerThe Effects of Housing and Neighborhood Conditions on Child Mortality
In this paper we estimate the causal effects on child mortality from moving into less distressed neighborhood environments. We match mortality data to information on every child in public housing that applied for a housing voucher in Chicago in 1997 (N=11,848). Families were randomly assigned to the voucher wait list, and only some families were offered vouchers. being offered a voucher had no impact on child mortality for boys, but was greatly protective for girls.  To read this paper, please visit

Doug Miller received his degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2000. His research examines the impact of economic forces, social policy, and the environment on health.

Erin Hamilton - presentation pdf
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