Cash Transfers at Scale

Friday, January 29, 2021
4:10 pm to 5:30 pm PST

Paul Niehaus

Cash transfers to people experiencing extreme poverty have become a policy tool of choice, reaching hundreds of millions of people each year. Frontier questions now center around scale, including: what do large inflows of capital do the communities and economies that receive them? And should policy-makers “go all the way” to Universal Basic Income?

In this talk I will describe results from a pair of ambitious experimental evaluations in Kenya designed to address these questions. The evaluations build on arguments collaborators and I have made for more experimental testing at large scales, and on the implementation work of the international NGO GiveDirectly which I co-founded.

Paul Niehaus is an associate professor of economics at the UC San Diego and an affiliated faculty member at the School of Global Policy & Strategy. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a junior affiliate at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), an affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and an affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).

His research deals with program implementation in developing countries and with learning. He is also co-founder and president of the nonprofit GiveDirectly. In 2013, Foreign Policy named him one of its leading 100 "Global Thinkers."

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February 1, 2021