The effects of state earned income tax credits on mental health and health behaviors: A quasi-experimental study

Social Science and Medicine
March, 2021

Daniel F. Collin, Laura S. Shields-Zeeman,
Akansha Batra, Justin S. White,
Michelle Tong, Rita Hamad

The earned income tax credit (EITC) is the largest U.S. poverty alleviation program for families with children, and state EITC policies provide a modest supplement to the federal program. Yet there are few studies of the effects of state EITC policies on population health. We examined whether state EITC policies affect mental health and health behaviors.

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