ProjectA Randomized Controlled Trial Varying Unconditional Cash Transfer Amounts in the US Study IDsspp-2020-0016-v1 Study Title
A Randomized Controlled Trial Varying Unconditional Cash Transfer Amounts in the US AuthorsOliver Hauser, Jon Jachimowicz, Julian Jamison, Ania Jaroszewicz Completion Time10 Minutes Close DateApril 15, 2021 DisciplineEconomics, Psychology FieldDevelopment Economics, Behavioural Science, Behavioral Economics CountryUnited States Abstract Prior work, largely in low-income countries, has argued that unconditional cash transfers (UCTs; funds given regardless of a recipient’s behavior) can improve the outcomes of people in poverty. Despite widespread enthusiasm for UCTs, there is little work testing their effectiveness in high-income countries. In this trial, we will randomly assign 5,000 low-income individuals in the United States to receive either no cash, $500, or $2,000 in a one-time, lump-sum payment. We will then measure the effects of these transfers on financial, psychological, cognitive capacity, and physical health outcomes at different time intervals, from one week to several months. These comprehensive data will allow us to assess not only whether UCTs are effective at improving outcomes, but also establish which outcomes they improve the most, how much money is needed to generate the effects, and how long those effects last.
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Continuous: Based on absolute forecast accuracy Recipient PoolIncentives are lottery-based
Hauser, Oliver, Jachimowicz, Jon, Jamison, Julian, and Ania Jaroszewicz. 2020. "A Randomized Controlled Trial Varying Unconditional Cash Transfer Amounts in the US." Social Science Prediction Platform. November 15. https://socialscienceprediction.org/s/zfy6bx