Most people who directly donate money to homeless people don't give any more than a few dollars at a time if that
. Although more successful panhandlers can make up to $100 in a single day, the average is much lower
. Considering that the families participating in the UC Berkeley study were each given large sums of money that, in total, turned into 17% of the total local income
, it is difficult to say that this study could compare to the earnings that the average homeless person makes. Therefore, the ripple effect probably would not really apply to someone who gives $2 to a homeless individual on the street.