The impact of the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children on child health

Andrea Carlson, Ben Senauer

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Abstract

Data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey are used to analyze the effect of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program and other factors on the health of U.S. preschool children. Ordered probit equations are estimated for the physician's overall evaluation of the child's health. The WIC Program has a significant positive impact on the overall health of children. In particular, children in households participating in WIC are significantly more likely to be in excellent health. Increased household income also improves their health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-491
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume85
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2003

Keywords

  • Child health
  • Food programs
  • NHANES
  • Nutrition
  • WIC program

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