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The Long Run Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families - Shari Eli

Date & Time:
September 26, 2014 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
SS 423
Shari Eli, University of Toronto

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 program—the first government-sponsored welfare program in the US (1911-1935) —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. 

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