TrygFonden's Child Research Seminar Series: Marie-Pascale Grimon, Stockholm University

Title: Saved from Death? Effects of the Child Protection System on Child Deaths

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Thursday 2 December 2021,  at 12:00 - 13:15


Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, Building 2630, Room 102(K)


Despite prominent disparities in child mortality, the child protection system’s impact on child death disparities has received limited attention. Leveraging close to random assignments of workers to families in an American county, this paper provides the first causal estimates of the child protection system on child deaths. I find that opening a child welfare case drastically reduces such child deaths. Extrapolating from these local average treatment effects, the black-white child mortality gap would be more than three larger without child welfare involvement.