The causal effects of sustained unconditional cash transfers: Experimental evidence from two U.S. states (Public)
ProjectUCT-RCT Study IDsspp-2023-0050-v1 Study Title
The causal effects of sustained unconditional cash transfers: Experimental evidence from two U.S. states AuthorsAlex Bartik, David Broockman, Sarah Miller, Elizabeth Rhodes, Eva Vivalt Completion Time20 Minutes Close DateMarch 31, 2024 DisciplineEconomics, Political Science FieldEconomics Of Education, Health Economics, Labor Economics, Political Economics, Behavioral Economics CountryUnited States Abstract The regular provision of unconditional cash transfers to individuals is a tactic to fight poverty that has attracted significant interest from researchers and policymakers. Despite this interest, many fundamental questions about the effects of receiving sustained unconditional cash transfers remain. We evaluate a large U.S. guaranteed income program implemented by two nonprofits. 1,000 individuals in the treatment group will receive $1,000 per month for 3 years, while a control group of 2,000 individuals who receive $50 per month will serve as the comparison group. The study offers an opportunity to inform both the debate over unconditional cash assistance and other questions about the effects of income that typically elude causal identification.
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