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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 3 (May 2013)

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Health Care Usage and Health Status of Immigrant Children: The Effects of Nativity versus Citizenship

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García-Pérez, Mónica. 2013. "Health Care Usage and Health Status of Immigrant Children: The Effects of Nativity versus Citizenship." American Economic Review, 103(3): 412-17.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.412

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This paper addresses the relationship between child access to and use of health services, perceived health, and parental nativity. Parental region of birth is identified to include the underlying cultural differences across immigrant groups. We found that children of immigrant families, regardless of their immigration status, have lower odds to visit the doctor at least once a year and lack of usual place of care. Conversely, this group has better outcomes with regard to their perceived health. Results hold when parental region of birth is included. Overall, non-citizen children of Latino American, Asian and African families have the worse outcomes.

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García-Pérez, Mónica (St Cloud State U)

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I11: Analysis of Health Care Markets
I18: Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J15: Economics of Minorities, Races, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination


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