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Friday, November 15, 2013

'Infant Mortality and the President’s Party'

Chris Blattman:

Do Republican Presidents kill babies?:

Across all nine presidential administrations, infant mortality rates were below trend when the President was a Democrat and above trend when the President was a Republican.

This was true for overall, neonatal, and postneonatal mortality, with effects larger for postneonatal compared to neonatal mortality rates.

Regression estimates show that, relative to trend, Republican administrations were characterized by infant mortality rates that were, on average, three percent higher than Democratic administrations.

In proportional terms, effect size is similar for US whites and blacks. US black rates are more than twice as high as white, implying substantially larger absolute effects for blacks.

A new paper titled, “US Infant Mortality and the President’s Party“. I like my title better.

The abstract also says:

Conclusions: We found a robust, quantitatively important association between net of trend US infant mortality rates and the party affiliation of the president. There may be overlooked ways by which macro-dynamics of policy impact micro-dynamics of physiology, suggesting the political system is a component of the underlying mechanism generating health inequality in the United States.

    Posted by on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM in Academic Papers, Economics | Permalink  Comments (47)


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