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Why Cash Transfers Are Good Policy in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • R. Anton Braun
  • Daisuke Ikeda

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an exceptionally large and negative impact on economic activity around the world. We show that cash transfers can be a useful policy tool during a pandemic. Cash transfers mitigate consumption inequality induced by the pandemic and provide incentives to individuals who are most negatively affected by lockdown policies to adhere to them.

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  • R. Anton Braun & Daisuke Ikeda, 2020. "Why Cash Transfers Are Good Policy in the COVID-19 Pandemic," Policy Hub 2020-4, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:a00001:87974
    DOI: 10.29338/ph2020-04
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    1. > Economics of Welfare > Health Economics > Economics of Pandemics > Specific pandemics > Covid-19 > Economic policy > Household income support

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    Keywords

    COVID-19 pandemic; cash transfers; stimulus payments; inequality;

    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H84 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Disaster Aid

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