The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutritional program in the United States provides food-benefits to low income women and children. Children disqualify for WIC benefits when they turn 5. To study the effect of WIC on the maternal labour market and household food insecurity, we use age of the youngest child as a proxy for WIC participation to employ a fuzzy regression discontinuity design. Using data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), we study maternal employment and hourly wage as well whether a household is very food insecure. We find evidence that participation in WIC does not appear to have an effect on maternal employment, hourly wage, and whether a household is very food insecure and propose potential explanations.
How to Cite:
Burns, M., Wang, R., Brolli, M. and Teo, S., 2021. WIC and Maternal Labour Market Effects in the US. Rationale, 3, p.18.