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Author: Jones, Lauren
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1. Jones, Lauren
Wang, Guangyi
Yilmazer, Tansel
The Long-Run Effect of Income on Health: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credits
Presented: Austin TX, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2019
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); Health/Health Status/SF-12 Scale; Life Course

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This study examines the long-term effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on physical and mental health of women using exogenous policy variation. Using data from the NLSY79, we relate lifetime exposure to the EITC policy to measures of health status at age 50. We find that higher EITC exposure led to improvements in physical health by reducing the occurrence of illnesses that limit moderate and work activities and lowering the likelihood of the onset of a severe illness. However, we do not find any significant positive effects of EITC on mental health. Our findings suggest that the EITC improves physical health through multiple channels by raising income and improving health behaviors.
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Jones, Lauren, Guangyi Wang and Tansel Yilmazer. "The Long-Run Effect of Income on Health: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credits." Presented: Austin TX, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2019.