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Study: What Do Poor People Do When Given Cash?


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New research from Stanford shows what poor people tend to do when given money. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"A recently published research paper (paywall) by David Evans of the World Bank and Anna Popova of Stanford University shows that giving money to the poor has a negative effect on the consumption of tobacco and alcohol. Evans and Popova’s research is based on an examination of nineteen studies that assess the impact of cash transfers on expenditures of tobacco and alcohol. Not one of the 19 studies found that cash grants increase tobacco and alcohol consumption and many of them found that it leads to a reduction.

In addition to looking at results from individual studies, the researchers also conducted a meta-analysis—a statistical technique for combining the results from across studies—to find the overall effect on tobacco and alcohol consumption of receiving cash. Their meta-analysis found that the overall effect was slightly negative.

Why on earth would this be? Evans and Popova highlight several possibilities.

One, the cash transfers may change a poor household’s economic calculus. Before receiving the cash, any spending on education or health might have seemed futile, but afterwards, parents might decide that a serious investment in their children’s school was sensible. To make this happen, it might mean cutting back on booze and smoking.”*

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  1. Posted by Niggachu, at Reply

    save it

    • Posted by samiamrg7, at Reply

      For a short while at least, until they use it to help them pay rent or
      something to avoid being. evicted.

  2. Posted by Fanatical Trekkie, at Reply

    I think people drink and smoke less when given money because they drink and
    smoke from the stress and to dull reality for a little while. A lot of
    people stress drink and smoke during stressful situations. Just my opinion
    though, not actual fact.

  3. Posted by Stephan Azor, at Reply

    sure you don’t know Cenk LOL

  4. Posted by Paula Marie, at Reply

    Thank you for this video.

  5. Posted by stillbreathing37, at Reply

    Republicans want you to suffer. It’s what they’re about.

    • Posted by James G, at Reply

      The stupid is STRONG in this one….

    • Posted by Melanoma Trump, at Reply

      ^ ^ The irony is strong in this one…

    • Posted by MGladwell, at Reply

      stillbreathing37 outside of presidential races, nobody hardly even thinks
      about their party affiliation. It’s not something I think about everyday.
      Party affiliation has nothing to do with helping the poor. I’m a Republican
      and I help the needy. Guess what? I don’t care what they choose to purchase
      with my money. I hope they get some beer, a burger, and weed. Right on them!

    • Posted by Ryan Evans, at Reply

      How do you figure that?

    • Posted by MGladwell, at Reply

      Ryan Evans he doesn’t figure anything. Liberals always put labels on things
      to make themselves feel better. He shouldn’t even be thinking about party
      affiliation…he’s only being divisive.

  6. Posted by Cat Madden, at Reply

    I’m poor. give me some money and I will buy food, shoes and clothing. I now
    have to regularly decide if I want to eat or have decent shoes.

  7. Posted by Gargie396, at Reply

    TL;DR Rich people are turds sprinkled with gold dust.

  8. Posted by animedudevid, at Reply

    Oh ok so when Liberals and Libertarians be together on friendly terms and
    get along you guys delete the thread I see. So are you guys trolling for
    hateful comments to use as a defense for some of the idiotic things you
    post or what? We were actually sharing information about real life events
    dealing with Homelessness and how colleges are screwing the youth straight
    out the gate. But I guess that is a problem when the people you’re
    demonizing actually get along with your audience.

    • Posted by Melanoma Trump, at Reply

      Makes no sense.

    • Posted by animedudevid, at Reply

      +Melanoma Trump We started talking about homeless and I shared some history
      about living in a car for 6 months. Which lead to other topics and it was a
      mutual conversation. Where everyone got along. Then got deleted. (I am
      actually mad cause I was talking to someone for one of the Nordic countries
      and have been planning on going to Finland. Wanted to learn more. But nope
      gone now.)

    • Posted by animedudevid, at Reply

      +Rue Akim I believe it to be done by TYT not the people in the Thread.
      That’s my issue. Its happen before with them.

  9. Posted by Jon Ericson, at Reply

    You give me money, half of it will go in the bank, the other half will go
    towards my bills/debt.

  10. Posted by Cody Kruze, at Reply

    I’ll take the hookers and cocaine

  11. Posted by Angry Jock, at Reply

    You two aint poor thats for sure

    • Posted by Matthew James | MJW, at Reply

      So what?

    • Posted by Melanoma Trump, at Reply

      Not their fault you’re broke.

    • Posted by Rue Akim, at Reply

      how do you know he is broke?

    • Posted by Angry Jock, at Reply

      I aint broke you bimbo. I am highlighting these fake socialists who are

    • Posted by retrospiel, at Reply

      Many socialists were born to rich homes. Doesn’t matter, really. It’s what
      you use your time and money for that counts.

  12. Posted by philophos, at Reply

    Actually, Cenk, you can get a lot of cocaine for $600. I mean, I’m not
    sayin’ anything, but I’m sayin’.

  13. Posted by QuantumBraced, at Reply

    Off-topic, but Ana looked particularly beautiful in this video.

  14. Posted by jdogsful, at Reply

    Ive known this was true from my being poor.

  15. Posted by Redwing, at Reply

    “The Poor”…why not call them human beings?

  16. Posted by whyamimrpink78, at Reply

    This rather vague. You can give money to the poor, but if there is nothing
    to spend it on then it does not matter. That is the issue. We can give more
    money to the poor, now are they going to spend it opening up a new

  17. Posted by Sara Danhoff, at Reply

    Ana may not know what cocaine costs, but Cenk certainly does, and has a
    very loose definition of ‘not a lot’. <.<

  18. Posted by The Grand Poobah, at Reply

    So Cenk should give away his money.