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Economic intervention and parenting: a randomized experiment of statewide child development accounts

Nam, Yunju; Wikoff, Nora; Sherraden, Michael


Yunju Nam

Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods

Michael Sherraden



We examine the effects of Child Development Accounts (CDAs) on parenting stress and practices.

We use data from the SEED for Oklahoma Kids (SEED OK) experiment. SEED OK selected caregivers of infants from Oklahoma birth certificates using a probability sampling method, randomly assigned caregivers to the treatment (n = 1,132) or control group (n = 1,098), and provided college savings incentives only to the treatment group. We run regression analyses on a parenting stress scale and six continuous measures of parenting practices.


There were no significant differences in parenting outcomes between treatment and control groups, with the exception of frequency of screaming at the child. CDAs have more salient effects on American Indians than on other groups.

We present weak evidence for CDAs’ positive impacts on parenting outcomes. Further research is needed to determine whether these initial results change over time.


Nam, Y., Wikoff, N., & Sherraden, M. (2016). Economic intervention and parenting: a randomized experiment of statewide child development accounts. Research on Social Work Practice, 26(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 25, 2014
Online Publication Date Oct 30, 2014
Publication Date Jul 1, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 25, 2017
Journal Research on Social Work Practice
Print ISSN 1049-7315
Electronic ISSN 1552-7581
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 4
Keywords College savings, Quantitative, Parenting stress, Parenting practices, Randomized experiment, SEED for Oklahoma Kids, Social welfare policy, Children
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