I’ve posted — critically — several times about the use of what are called “conditional cash transfers” here in the United States. These are payments made to families to encourage them to do things like go to doctor appointments, and to children for increased school attendance and higher standardized test scores.
Newsweek has just published Patronizing the poor is proving to be a deadbeat strategy. Trusting those in need may be the answer.
The article reports that giving additional economic support without any conditions gains the same or better results that making the extra cash conditional on certain behavior gains.