Impact of Early Childhood Income Supplements on Long-Term Health

Principal Investigators
Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University
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Children who grow up in poverty are exposed to many risk factors that adversely impact their health trajectories, resulting in poorer health into and throughout adulthood. This project will use a simulation approach to test the long-term impact of early childhood income supplements on health and educational attainment. Income supplement policies (e.g., child benefits, guaranteed minimum income, earned income tax credit, or welfare) may provide parents the opportunity to make healthier choices for their children.

This project will provide actionable evidence for policy makers about whether income supplement policies are a valuable strategy for improving long-term education and health at the population level, and reducing inequities in those outcomes.