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

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. 2/19/2014.

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."

Additional Media Coverage:

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

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

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

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