Long-Term Effects of the Mother's Pension Program on Adult Outcomes

Director: Anna Aizer
Research Theme: Persistent Disparities in Health and Human Capital
Location: United States of America

Aizer is looking at the long-run effects of the Mother’s Pension program, which was established as early as 1911 in some states, and is the first government-sponsored welfare program in the U.S. It was designed to improve the conditions of young children that had become dependent through the loss or disability of the breadwinner. Because of the program’s historical nature, she can investigate the long-term effects of cash transfers to low-income families on a variety of outcomes, including educational attainment and earnings.