Federal Dollar Allocations to States Result in Lower Infant Mortality Rates

Increases in federal transfers, money that the federal government sends to states to improve the well-being of citizens, are strongly associated with a decrease in infant mortality rates, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis."Holding all other variables constant, a $200 increase in the amount of federal transfers per capita would save one child's life for every 10,000 live births," said Michael McLaughlin, a doctoral student at the Brown School and lead author of the study, "The Impact of Federal Transfers Upon U.

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