This infusion of funds will help struggling child care providers and support parents who have to exit the workforce to care for their kids.
Despite evidence that cash payments can help improve well-being, they have limitations as well, according to a development economist.
Arts organizations have been particularly hard hit, but many may benefit from new sources of emergency government funding.
This benefit, together with other features of the latest relief package, may greatly reduce child poverty.
Four articles from The Conversation US archive provide context and analysis on the historic legislation.
The $1.9 trillion package gets a lot of stuff right, but the direct payments are not among them, argue two economists.
It's awfully hard to wrap your mind around a sum that large. But converting it to a more bite-size representation can affect a voter's willingness to support government spending.
With fewer funds to fall back on, minority-owned enterprises have struggled in the recession. To make things worse, many are in sectors that have been badly hit by lockdowns.
Monthly payments to families with children could lift millions of US children out of poverty.