Are some income support payment methods more likely than others to increase children’s consumption of goods and services? A common assumption is that money paid to mothers is more likely to be directed towards expenditure that benefits children. Over the last three decades there have been several policy changes in Australia where money was redirected ‘from the wallet to the purse’. This project examined the impact of these policy changes on household expenditure patterns, and the living standards of children in particular, as well as reviewed the wider literature on intra-household allocation patterns and their relevance to income support policy.
Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services