Katherine Eriksson

2018 Hellman Fellow


Assistant Professor, Economics
UC Davis

Project Title: Mortality and migration in the early 20th century USA: Infants and cities

Project Description: During the 20th century the U.S. population experienced gradual improvement in health along a number of dimensions.  Nonetheless, wide racial disparities have persisted since the early twentieth century.  This project examines the early evolution of racial gaps in infant mortality in the United States.  Specifically, using newly collected individual level data which enables researchers to look at a more disaggregate level than previous studies, it looks at the role of migration to cities, differences in city’s provision of health services, and the baby boom between 1940 and 1960 in explaining the black-white gap in infant mortality.