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Robert J. Ballantyne

Robert J. Ballantyne is a senior editor at Popjournalism and Creative Director at Artsculture.ca. Previously, he was a journalist at the CBC on a number of news programs including the fifth estate, Marketplace and The National. He also worked as a staff writer at the Toronto Star
Photo: Robert Ballantyne / Popjournalism, Dec. 23, 2016

Mythbusting study reveals that when poor people are given cash, they really do spend it well

There’s a pervasive myth that giving cash to the poor is a waste because they’ll just spend it on “cigarettes and alcohol.” The opposite is true, according to a recent research paper. David Evans of the World Bank and Anna Popova of Stanford University examined 19 recent studies that looked into cash transfers and “temptation goods.” […]