Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126460
Authors: 
Holford, Angus
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Working Paper Series 2014-37
Abstract: 
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) was a UK government cash transfer paid directly to children aged 16-18 in post-compulsory full-time education. Using data from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, we find an EMA payment of £30 per week reduces teenagers' labour supply by 3 hours per week. We show this is consistent with parents withdrawing cash and in-kind transfers from their child to a value between £7.80 and £20.10 per week. We therefore argue that making this cash transfer directly to the child produces higher child welfare than if the equivalent transfer were made to parents.
Subjects: 
Education Maintenance Allowance
altruism
transfers
rotten kid
JEL: 
I38
J22
H53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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