Domestic Public Policy

Poverty Reduction and Early Cognitive Development

Grant Year: 2020

Greg Duncan and Katherine Magnuson will measure whether providing additional unconditional financial resources to families with newborn children improves developmental outcomes among those children as they turn three years old. They will undertake an experimental evaluation of a program that will provide annual cash payments of $4,000 to families with infants during their children’s first three years of life. They will then collect data on the children’s development on a wide range of measures to assess whether and why the additional resources improved readiness for school. The project’s findings will be presented in a report and a series of papers.

University of California, Irvine Domestic Public Policy