Poor families first: Challenges of the ‘stimulus checks’ in the United States’ COVID-19 response
Author: Elaine Cristina Licio
Thematic Area: Social Protection ,Poverty Reduction Policies
Abstract:Economic Impact Payments (EIPs)—commonly referred to as ‘stimulus checks’—were one of the key measures adopted by the US government to ease the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. By May 2022, USD817 billion had been distributed to about 85 per cent of US households. However, those most in need faced many obstacles to receive the benefits, or never even received them. This Policy Research Brief examines some aspects of the operationalisation of this initiative and provides suggestions for future improvement.
Keywords:stimulus checks; COVID-19; social protection
Type/Issue:Policy Research Brief/88
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