Civil Rights, the War on Poverty, and Black-White Convergence in Infant Mortality in the Rural South and Mississippi by Douglas Almond, Kenneth Y. Chay, Michael Greenstone :: SSRN
For the last sixty years, African-Americans have been 75% more likely to die during infancy as whites. From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, however, this raci
These graphics still floor me. Medicare administrators required absolute desegregation of hospitals, no "full deliberate speed" stuff, complete with exams informed by local civil rights groups, to get any Medicare dollars. Black infant mortality collapsed.
Jake M. Grumbach
Reading this paper now. Civil Rights Act said hospitals must desegregate to get Medicare $. Diff-in-diff shows *huge* decrease in racial health gaps from hospital desegregation. (My own family has horror stories of pre-CRA segregated hospitals.) ungated:
Celebrating MLK Day by re-reading Almond/Chay/Greenstone on the effects of desegregation of Southern hospitals on racial gaps in infant mortality
Prof Greenstone taught me the importance of communicating w/ figures; here's their striking case study of MI: