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Blog: Busting the Myths Related to Food Stamps, Welfare and Work

Government assistance to the poor—especially cash and similar benefits—has always sparked heated debates. Who deserves support? How much support, and for how long? Should poor people have to do something in return for the benefits? Won’t social welfare make people lazy?

The answer to that last question, based on empirical evidence from developing countries, is a resounding no . Nobel laureate Abhijit Bannerjee and colleagues debunked “the myth of the lazy welfare recipient” in 2015, finding no evidence that government cash transfer programs discourage work.

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