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Baby Boom or Bust? Cash Transfers and Fertility: Evidence from Poland’s "Family 500+" Policy

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Fri, 01/29/2021 - 12:00pm
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Presented by: Anna Bokun, Department of Sociology

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This paper leverages the 2016 introduction of a Polish child benefit program to empirically examine whether and how much cash transfers encourage fertility in the population. Using restricted microdata from the Polish Household Budget Survey, I exploit the first-stage implementation of the policy–aimed at families with two or more children and families with just one child if they are low-income or their child is disabled—to provide evidence that in the short-term, the Family 500+ cash transfer increased fertility.  zGE2i5