Grantees

Health Impacts of Social Policies to Expand Economic Opportunity in Underserved Populations

Project Summary: 

The investigators are examining the causal physical and mental health effects of three types of economic opportunity policies targeted predominantly toward underserved populations: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, affirmative action bans, and small business set-asides. Researchers will also assess the importance of economic mediators by examining impacts of these policies on employment, education, and income. Resulting evidence will provide insight into how social sector policies influence health behaviors and outcomes, and inform federal, state and local policy direction.

Outcomes:

Health: Self-reported physical and mental health; smoking, alcohol, and drug use behaviors; body mass index

Other: Income, employment, education, insurance, future economic expectations

Methodology:

Quasi-experimental approach combining difference-in-difference and regression discontinuity designs to estimate the causal effects of policies on specified health outcomes.

Principal Investigators: 

Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD

Alexander Tsai, MD, PhD

Grant Start Date: 
April, 2017
Award Amount & Duration: 

$368,575 and 24 months