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This map tells us whether countries create an income safety net by providing family cash benefits.
- Cash benefits refer to direct financial assistance provided to households by the government, as opposed to other types of assistance such as food stamps or tax.
- Our data on family benefits include only cash benefits because we were unable to examine other types of transfers to families as there was no reliable global data source for this information.
- Provided only in certain circumstances includes cases where benefits are available only to specific groups of people, such as single parents or orphans, or as benefits to fund specific aspects of life, such as housing allowances, birth grants, and school allowances.
- Provided subject only to a means test includes benefits that are only available to families with incomes below a certain level.
- Provided without a means test includes benefits that are available to families without considering their income.