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Do child tax benefits affect the well-being of children? Evidence from Canadian Child Benefit expansions

TitleDo child tax benefits affect the well-being of children? Evidence from Canadian Child Benefit expansions
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMilligan, K., and Stabile M.
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Volume3
Pages175 - 205
Abstract

We exploit changes in child benefits in Canada to study the impact of family income on child and family well-being. Using variation in child benefits across province, time, and family type, we study outcomes spanning test scores, mental health, physical health, and deprivation measures. The findings suggest that child benefit programs had significant positive effects on test scores, maternal health, and mental health, among other measures. We find strong and interesting differences in the effects of benefits by child sex: benefits have stronger effects on educational outcomes and physical health for boys, and on mental health outcomes for girls.

URLhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/aea/aejep/2011/00000003/00000003/art00007
Document URLhttp://www.nber.org/papers/w14624.pdf