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  • Cash transfers, 103 years ago



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    Cash Transfers are probably one of the most researched interventions in the world. The great majority of this research has focused on short to medium term impacts. This is not surprising as the first modern Cash Transfer Program, Progresa (now called Oportunidades), is a 16 years old adolescent. In addition, the evidence on “longer” term effects is still considered weak.

    A new study, using data from the Mother’s Pension fund, which was created over 100 years ago in the US, sheds new light on this:

    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.

    One Response to “Cash transfers, 103 years ago”

    • Interesante… Muchas gracias
      Perdon, en ingles:
      How interesting to use the Mothers Pension Fund data – it is like a post-project evaluation with a huge sample and amazingly longitudinal (100 years)!.
      I will share widely
      Many thanks, Jindra

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