Effects of Universal and Unconditional Cash Transfers on Child Maltreatment

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In the paper presented in this Mannheim Applied Seminar, the authors estimate the effects of cash transfers on child well-being. To do so, they leverage program eligibility due to date of birth cutoffs and year-to-year variation in payment size from a universal and unconditional cash transfer, the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD). Using linked individual-level administrative data on PFD payments and child maltreatment referrals, they find that an additional $1,000 to families reduces the likelihood that a child is referred to Children’s Services by age 3 by 2.0 percentage points, or about 10 percent, on average. Effects are driven by declines in neglect and physical abuse. Additionally, the authors show that larger cash transfers increase the probability that children live with their mothers and lower mortality by age 5.


ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung


Prof. Analisa Packham PhD

Analisa Packham // Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States

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ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung


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