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Baby Bonuses: natural experiments in cash transfers, birth timing and child outcomes

Deutscher, Nathan; Breunig, Robert


We use the 1 July 2004 introduction of the Australian Baby Bonus to identify the effect of family income on child test scores at grade three. Using a difference‐in‐differences design, we find no evidence that the Baby Bonus improved child outcomes in aggregate, but some evidence of a modest effect for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. We examine whether birth shifting associated with the Baby Bonus and two other Australian maternity payments had negative long‐term effects on children....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Economic Record
DOI: 10.1111/1475-4932.12382


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