NEW: Giving people money with no strings attached is good for their health, dozens of studies indicate

Sze Yan Liu

When people living in poverty in countries like Malawi, Indonesia and Ecuador receive cash payments without having to do anything in return, they have better health, according to a scientific review of a large body of research.

To reach that finding, our interdisciplinary team of public health experts, economists and epidemiologists from Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the U.S. pooled data from 34 studies that involved 1,140,385 participants in 50,095 households across Africa, the Americas and Southeast Asia.Our systematic review and meta-analysis also determined that unconditional cash payments in low- and middle-income countries not only reduce poverty, […]

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