Supported Parents, Stronger Families: The Financial and Mental Health Effects of the Expanded Child Tax Credit Program on Low-Income Families, and A Proposal for a Combined-Support Experiment

King, Olivia M.


  • The Expanded Child Tax Credit (ECTC) of 2021 provided the opportunity to study the impact of a large-scale unconditional cash transfer program aimed at improving family wellbeing. The American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 to up to $3,600 per child, and distributed payments monthly instead of only annually. This paper examines the ECTC program’s effect on the finances and ... read more
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