The long, LONG term impact of cash transfers to the poor

Nearly a century later…

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.

A new NBER paper by Aizer, Eli, Ferrie, and Lleras-Muney. I do not see an ungated version on author websites but it may appear.

61 thoughts on “The long, LONG term impact of cash transfers to the poor

  1. What happened to the girls? Why are only boys outcomes reported? Is there a bias here in favour of significant findings only?