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Impacts of Child Development Accounts on Parenting Practices: Evidence from a Randomised Statewide Experiment

Is it possible to influence parenting by introducing Child Development Accounts into a family? This study presents results from a statewide randomized experiment with 2,704 primary caregivers and their children in Oklahoma. Analyses using structural equation modeling suggest that the presence of Child Development Accounts in a home significantly reduces punitive practices.

This article was published as part of “Inclusive Child Development Accounts: Toward Universality and Progressivity,” a special issue of the Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. The issue builds upon contributions to the International Symposium on Inclusion in Asset Building: Policy Innovation and Social Impacts, which was convened at the National University of Singapore in 2017.


Huang, J.,  Nam, Y., Sherraden, M., Clancy, M. M.  (2019). Impacts of child development accounts on parenting practices: evidence from a randomised statewide experiment. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 29(1), 34–47. doi:10.1080/02185385.2019.1575270