Professor Lucie Schmidt will at the seminar present her paper written together with Melanie Guldi, Amelia Hawkins and Jeffrey Hemmeter:
SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME AND CHILD OUTCOMES: EVIDENCE FROM BIRTH WEIGHT ELIGIBILITY CUTOFFS
Low birth weight infants born to mothers with low educational attainment have a double hurdle to overcome in the production of human capital. We examine whether income transfers in the form of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for children with disabilities can help close the gap in outcomes due to this initial health and environmental disadvantage. We exploit a discontinuity in SSI eligibility at 1200 grams and use a regression discontinuity approach to produce causal estimates of the effects of SSI eligibility. We find that eligibility increases
disability benefit participation, improves child outcomes and parenting behaviors, and shifts maternal labor supply from full to part time.
Lucie Schmidt is a professor in the Economics Department at Williams College, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Faculty Director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University.
She is an empirical microeconomist working in the fields of labor, health, and the economics of the family. Specific research areas include US social safety net programs with a particular focus on programs for individuals with disabilities; retirement security; and the economics of marriage and fertility decisions.