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Using Incentives to Change How Teenagers Spend their Time - The Effects of New York City's Conditional Cash Transfer Program

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AUTHOR Pamela Morris, J. Lawrence Aber, Sharon Wolf and Juliette Berg
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DATE 2013
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Pamela Morris, J. Lawrence Aber, Sharon Wolf and Juliette Berg from New York University Steinhard highlight findings from New York City's Conditional Cash Transfer Program (Family Rewards Program), and how incentives linked to the program have impacted the way teenagers spend their time. The Family Rewards have increased the proportion of teenagers that spend their time predominantly in academice activities. In addition, the Family Rewards had a sizeable positive impact on parents' saving for their teenager's future education, demonstrating that the program did increase parents' investment in children's human capital. This CPI issue highlights the benefits of measuring the potential pathways by which cash transfers are thought to impact children and youth.


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