Can targeted transfers improve birth outcomes? Evidence from the introduction of the WIC program


Ann Huff Stevens, Hilary Hoynes, Maryann Page


anti poverty programs, infant health, low birth weight, pregnant women, public assistance, targeted nutritional assistance, WIC


Journal of Public Economics

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Policy Summary

This study examines the rollout of WIC programs across various counties to measure the impact on infant health. It found an increase in birth weight and decrease in low birth weight babies following WIC initiation. This provides further evidence that targeted nutritional assistance aimed at pregnant women can produce economically and statistically measurable improvements.

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