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The health benefits of a targeted cash transfer: The UK Winter Fuel Payment.

Crossley, Thomas F and Zilio, Federico (2018) 'The health benefits of a targeted cash transfer: The UK Winter Fuel Payment.' Health Economics. ISSN 1057-9230

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Abstract

Each year, the UK records 25,000 or more excess winter deaths, primarily among the elderly. A key policy response is the "Winter Fuel Payment" (WFP), a labelled but unconditional cash transfer to households with a member above the female state pension age. The WFP has been shown to raise fuel spending among eligible households. We examine the causal effect of the WFP on health outcomes, including self-reports of chest infection, measured hypertension, and biomarkers of infection and inflammation. We find a robust, 6 percentage point reduction in the incidence of high levels of serum fibrinogen. Reductions in other disease markers point to health benefits, but the estimated effects are less robust.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: benefits, biomarkers, health, heating, regression discontinuity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 11:53
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22061

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