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NBER Working Papers by Victor Pouliquen

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July 2013Turning a Shove into a Nudge? A “Labeled Cash Transfer” for Education
with Najy Benhassine, Florencia Devoto, Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas: w19227
Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) have been shown to increase human capital investments, but their standard features make them expensive. We use a large randomized experiment in Morocco to estimate an alternative government-run program, a “labeled cash transfer” (LCT): a small cash transfer made to fathers of school-aged children in poor rural communities, not conditional on school attendance but explicitly labeled as an education support program. We document large gains in school participation. Adding conditionality and targeting mothers make almost no difference. The program increased parents’ belief that education was a worthwhile investment, a likely pathway for the results.

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