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The researchers of the Mothers' Pension (MP) Project are academic economists interested in the long run effects of welfare receipt. By collecting MP records, the research team will explore the long run effects of welfare receipt on a variety of outcomes that include earnings, education, disability rates in adulthood and longevity. Upon completion of each part of the research agenda, results and findings will be posted on this site. Short bios of the research team are also found below.


A. Aizer, S. Eli, J. Ferrie & A. Lleras-Muney, "The Long Run Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families" NBER Working Paper #20103, 2014.


Anna Aizer is an associate professor of economics at Brown University and a research associate at the NBER. Her research focuses on understanding the intergenerational persistence of poverty. More specifically, she studies the role that family violence, health, stress and human capital investment patterns play in perpetuating poverty across generations.

Shari Eli is an assistant professor in the Economics Department at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in economics from U.C. Berkeley. Her fields of interest are Economic History, Health Economics and Economic Demography. One section of her research explores the ways in which individuals of low socioeconomic status used income to improve health status and attain higher education and earnings levels during the late 19th and early 20th century. Another section investigates the relationship between caloric needs and rising household expenditure levels in India today to resolve calorie consumption puzzles.

Joseph Ferrie is a Professor in the Departments of Economics and History and a Faculty Associate in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. His research focuses on intergenerational economic mobility and the impact over the life course of early-life circumstances.

Adriana Lleras-Muney is a Professor in the Department of Economics at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and was an assistant professor of economics in the Department of Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University for seven years. Her research examines the relationships between socio-economic status (in particular, education) and health; the effect of disease on income and economic development; and the determinants of fertility. She is also a faculty fellow at the California Center for Population Research (CCPR) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).