Consequences of Segregation and Health Outcomes in the American South

Director: Kenneth Chay
Research Theme: Persistent Disparities in Health and Human Capital
Location: United States of America

Chay is engaged in research that empirically investigates the consequences of segregation (and desegregation) in the American South for health outcomes and human capital formation. He finds that the 1946 Hospital Act that led to new hospitals for whites improved health among whites only. The introduction of the Civil Rights Act, which helped provide access to hospitals for blacks, led to substantial relative reductions in black infant mortality.