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Rodriguez, Bound and Geronimus say infant mortality rates fluctuate by presidential party relative to general downward trend

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"How the President’s Political Party Affects Infant Mortality Rates" - The Atlantic. 02/19/2014.

Javier Rodriguez, John Bound, and Arline Geronimus found that infant mortality rates were about 3% higher during years in which a Republican was president compared to a Democrat, 1965-2010. Geronimus says "Infant mortality has been sensitive to all sorts of social contextual factors—from nutritional factors, to access to health services, to stress during pregnancy. One might imagine [these factors] would be affected by political climates, ideologies, or policy."

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Javier Rodriguez
John Bound
Arline T. Geronimus

More Media Coverage:

Washington Post. Do Republican presidents produce higher infant mortality rates?. 2/14/2014.

LiveScience. Are Democratic Presidents Better for Babies?. 2/17/2014.

Business Standard. Democrat US presidents means less child mortality. 2/18/2014.

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