Replication data for: The Long-Run Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families

  • Anna Aizer (Creator)
  • Shari Eli (Creator)
  • Joseph P Ferrie (Creator)
  • Adriana Lleras Muney (Contributor)



We estimate the long-run impact of cash transfers to poor families on children's longevity, educational attainment, nutritional status, and income in adulthood. To do so, we collected individual- level administrative records of applicants to the Mothers' Pension program -- the first government-sponsored welfare program in the United States (1911-1935) -- and matched them to census, WWII, and death records. Male children of accepted applicants lived one year longer than those of rejected mothers. They also obtained one-third more years of schooling, were less likely to be underweight, and had higher income in adulthood than children of rejected mothers. (JEL I12, I14, I18, I32, I38, J16, N32)

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