There is conflicting evidence on the health benefits of poverty alleviation programs like the U.S. earned income tax credit or microcredit lending interventions. Dr. Hamad will present her research that delves into these inconsistent findings. She will discuss the possible reasons for the conflicting results, including methodological challenges as well as the possibility that well intentioned policies may have negative effects. This work highlights the importance of evaluating the effects of even the most commonsense programs, and informs the design of future policies to address poverty as a social determinant of health.
Dr. Hamad's presentation is part of the Emerging Scholars Exchange Program.