The Real Lesson of That Cash-for-Babies Study

The Real Lesson of That Cash-for-Babies Study

The result—that giving poor mothers money changes their babies’ brains—was oversold. What’s more interesting is why people were so ready to believe it. Hans Neleman/Getty; The Atlantic Breaking news: A new study on a contentious political issue confirmed that a lot of people’s preexisting opinions were correct all along.

Perhaps I’m being a little unfair. But when The New York Times published an article about the study last week, it seemed perfectly designed to garner “I told you so”s.

The study , published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( PNAS ), reported that unconditional cash transfers to […]

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