Demography of Health and Aging Training Seminar- Sarah Petry and Alliston Stolte

Allison Stolte: State-level Contexts and Birth Outcomes: Do Types of Public Policy Approaches Shape Birth Outcomes?

    Date:  11/04/2021 (Thu)

    Time:  3:30pm- 5:00pm

    Location:  Seminar will be held on-site: Gross Hall 270

    Organizer:  Scott Lynch

Meeting Schedule: (Not currently open for scheduling. Please contact the seminar organizer listed above.)

    All meetings will be held in the same location as the seminar unless otherwise noted.

    3:30pm - Seminar Presentation (3:30pm to 5:00pm)

    Additional Comments:  Stolte: Geographic disparities in birth outcomes have increased across the US over the last several years. Prior work suggests that socioeconomic structures and political institutions may shape such disparities through policies aimed at redistributing resources and providing health services (Montez, Hayward, and Wolf 2017; Navarro and Shi 2001). Of course, policies aimed at redistributing resources do not combine randomly. Instead, there are likely types of public policy approaches taken by states to shape socioeconomic and political contexts. In this paper, I first identify types of state policy approaches and then examine how the unique policy approaches shape birth outcomes. To do this, I merge state-level data on six domains of socioeconomic and political contexts to estimate profiles of state policy approaches using latent profile analysis. I then merge the identified profile data with rates of low birth weight and infant mortality from the CDC to regress state policy approach on rates of adverse birth outcomes. Preliminary findings identify three types of policy approaches taken by states. The policy approaches are associated with birth outcome rates, though differences exist by birth outcome examined.