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Cash for kids

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Monday, March 19, 2018 - 14:12
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Bitler, Marianne P.
Hines, Annie Laurie
Page, Marianne
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February 2018
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February 2018
RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences
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Although a growing number of studies suggest that providing poor families with income supplements of as little as $1,000 per year will improve children’s well-being, many poor children miss important sources of income support provided through the tax system because their parents either do not work or do not file taxes. Accessing assistance through means-tested programs is also challenging. We propose replacing the complicated array of benefits provided through the tax system with a universal child benefit of $2,000 per child that would be available regardless of parents’ work status. Our reform would ensure that all children receive enough assistance to make a difference and it would be simpler and more equitable than the current array of child benefits that are provided through the tax code. (Author abstract)

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