An Evaluation of the Kansas Child Support Savings Initiative


The Kansas Child Support Savings Initiative allows parents who owe child support debt to pay off their debt by matching deposits into a 529 education saving account for their children with dollar-for-dollar debt reduction. Though generous, the program was experiencing low take-up. We conducted two randomized controlled trials to test whether information and transaction costs could be leading to low take-up. The impacts achieved were minimal and largely trivial.

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Beata Luczywek
Beata Luczywek
PhD candidate in Economics

I am a fifth-year PhD Candidate in Economics at the University of California San Diego. I am on the 2023-2024 job market.