The Impact of Monthly Unconditional Cash on Food Security, Spending, and Consumption: Three Year Follow-Up Findings from the Baby's First Years Study

25 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2024 Last revised: 11 Apr 2024

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Lisa A. Gennetian

Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research; Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Matthew Maury

Duke University - Center for Child and Family Policy

Laura Stilwell

Duke University

Hema Shah

Duke University

Katherine Magnuson

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Kimberly Noble

Teachers College, Columbia University

Greg Duncan

University of California, Irvine

Nathan Fox

University of Maryland

Sarah Halpern-Meekin

UW Madison

Hirokazu Yoshikawa

New York University (NYU) - New York University

Date Written: April 2, 2024

Abstract

The U.S. food-based safety net has proven successful in reducing food insecurity and decreasing hunger. Nevertheless, many families remain financially stretched to meet nutrition and food needs. This paper summarizes previously published findings coupled with new analyses of data through the third year of follow-up on the effects of a monthly unconditional cash gift on outcomes related to food security, spending, and consumption from the Baby’s First Years study.

Keywords: randomized control trial, food security, cash transfer

Suggested Citation

Gennetian, Lisa A. and Maury, Matthew and Stilwell, Laura and Shah, Hema and Magnuson, Katherine and Noble, Kimberly and Duncan, Greg and Fox, Nathan and Halpern-Meekin, Sarah and Yoshikawa, Hirokazu, The Impact of Monthly Unconditional Cash on Food Security, Spending, and Consumption: Three Year Follow-Up Findings from the Baby's First Years Study (April 2, 2024). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4781670 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4781670

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Matthew Maury (Contact Author)

Duke University - Center for Child and Family Policy ( email )

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Laura Stilwell

Duke University ( email )

Hema Shah

Duke University ( email )

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Katherine Magnuson

University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )

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Kimberly Noble

Teachers College, Columbia University ( email )

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Greg Duncan

University of California, Irvine ( email )

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Nathan Fox

University of Maryland ( email )

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Sarah Halpern-Meekin

UW Madison ( email )

Hirokazu Yoshikawa

New York University (NYU) - New York University ( email )

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