Faculty Affiliate Lisa Gennetian publishes paper in Nature on cash transfers to low-income households

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Faculty Affiliate Dr. Lisa Gennetian published a paper in Nature that studies the effects of monthly cash transfers to low-income households.

Gennetian, the Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies at the Sanford School for Public Policy, was the lead author on the paper, which found that families who received substantial cash transfers during the study spent more time with (and money on) their children than families that didn’t receive such transfers. With the families spending this money on toys, books, and activities for their children, the results suggest that substantial cash transfers can lead to significant improvements in kids’ early environments.

The paper can be read in full here; a blog post summarizing key findings from the paper is also available on the Nature website.