Rooted School: 50 Dollar Study

The 50 Dollar Study was launched by Rooted School Foundation in October 2022



200 ($50/week)

monthly payment

1.3 Years



invested in community

Pilot Features  
Number of Participants470 individuals
Median Household Income$0 per year
Amount200 ($50/week)
Program DatesOctober 2022-September 2024
EligibilityHigh school student enrolled in one of our partner schools in New Orleans, Louisiana and Indianapolis, Indiana.

About the Rooted School: 50 Dollar Study

The $50 Study is a large-scale randomized controlled trial conducted by Rooted School Foundation to evaluate the impact of a direct-cash transfer program on high-school aged individuals. Over a period of two years, 470 high school students in grades 9-12 will participate in the study, with some students randomized into a treatment group receiving $50 per week unconditionally for 40 weeks, while others will be randomized into a control group receiving no cash. The primary research questions of the study revolve around the effects of cash transfers on financial hardship, financial capability, upward economic mobility, and academic achievement. Rooted School Foundation is partnered with schools in New Orleans, Louisiana and Indianapolis, Indiana to complete this study.

Data last updated on 9/30/2023.

Spending Breakdown

The data in this pie chart shows aggregate spending for guaranteed income participants in New Orleans and Indianapolis. This includes all non-cash expenditures from the participants' pre-paid debit card that is loaded with guaranteed income payments weekly.

Spending breakdown

Food and groceries accounted for the largest share of spending, at 46.5%, followed by Retail sales and services (34.75%) and Transport related expenses (11.74%).

Kaleb C. (New Orleans, LA)

“[I] learned that money really does change what you can do and who you are. You can feel more confident and more happy in general."

Kaleb C. (New Orleans, LA)

Rooted School: 50 Dollar Study

New Orleans and Indianapolis

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