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The effects of emergency government cash transfers on beliefs and behaviours during the Covid pandemic: evidence from Brazil

This project aims to evaluate the impact of emergency cash transfers on workers’ beliefs about the coronavirus. It focused on the impacts of ‘Auxilio Emergencial’, a cash grant provided to low-income households in response to income falls caused by the pandemic in Brazil, and expected to reach more than 60 million individuals. This project tests whether and how cash transfers inhibit individuals from taking unnecessary risks and putting others at risk. This project addresses the following questions: What are the impacts of receiving the time-limited cash transfer on individuals’ knowledge about the coronavirus and adherence to public health recommendations? To what extent are these impacts hampered by the delays in receiving the cash transfer? Which socio-economic groups benefit most from the cash transfer?

Lead investigator:

Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon


University of Kent

Primary topic:

Attitudes, media & governance

Secondary topic:

Jobs, work, pay & benefits

Region of data collection:

South America

Country of data collection


Status of data collection

In Progress

Type of data being collected:

From private company

Unit of real-time data collection