Identifier

etd-03262013-180714

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Economics

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

In this dissertation I offer three independent studies that each contribute to the literature on the impact of income on family and child well-being. I present three essays that investigate three different contexts and sources of income variation. First, I investigate the extent to which an unconditional cash transfer to families in Germany that is intended to benefit children actually translates into an improvement in the circumstances related to child well-being. Next, I analyze how shocks to mothers’ earnings impact their demand for health inputs during pregnancy, and how this affects the health of the newborn child. The fourth chapter focuses on a non-cash transfer program. I investigate whether families who are receiving food stamp benefits may be disadvantaged compared to higher income families due to the fact that those families who receive food stamps necessarily incur a time cost of food preparation when using food stamps to purchase food.

Date

2013

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Mocan, Naci

Included in

Economics Commons

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