The Long Term Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families [report]

Anna Aizer, Shari Eli, Joseph Ferrie, Adriana Lleras-Muney
2014 unpublished
We are grateful to a large number of RAs who helped us collect the data for this project. We are also grateful to Federico Bugni and Bo Honoré for their help with the econometric issues. We received many useful comments from ABSTRACT We estimate the long-run impact of cash transfers to poor families on children's longevity, educational attainment, nutritional status, and income in adulthood. To do so, we collected individual-level administrative records of applicants to the Mothers' Pension
more » ... others' Pension program-the first government-sponsored welfare program in the US -and matched them to census, WWII and death records. Male children of accepted applicants lived one year longer than those of rejected mothers. Male children of accepted mothers received one-third more years of schooling, were less likely to be underweight, and had higher income in adulthood than children of rejected mothers.
doi:10.3386/w20103 fatcat:ghfjyahqlja6vodesbg57egtau