Why the Earned Income Tax Credit? I have been studying social safety networks and cash transfers for ten years, and advised Venezuelan political parties in the development of a cash transfer program that we were unable to enact. My skepticism of government programs is offset by a sincere belief in evidence-backed policies and in-depth research that drove me into analyzing workfare programs. The EITC is claimed as one of the most successful programs in the US and I am evaluating its impact and effectiveness, believing we can improve it and decrease poverty in America, increase mobility, and use its lessons to alleviate poverty in developing countries.