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The Long Term Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families

Anna Aizer (), Shari Eli (), Joseph P. Ferrie and Adriana Lleras-Muney

No 20103, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

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.

JEL-codes: I12 I38 N32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-05
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Published as Aizer, Anna, Shari Eli, Joseph Ferrie, and Adriana Lleras-Muney. 2016. "The Long-Run Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families." American Economic Review, 106 (4): 935-71. DOI: 10.1257/aer.20140529

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