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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2017||Can Cash Transfers Help Households Escape an Inter-Generational Poverty Trap?|
with M. Caridad Araujo, Mariano Bosch
in The Economics of Asset Accumulation and Poverty Traps, Christopher B. Barrett, Michael R. Carter, and Jean-Paul Chavas, editors
|September 2016||Can Cash Transfers Help Households Escape an Inter-Generational Poverty Trap?|
with M. Caridad Araujo, Mariano Bosch: w22670
Many poor households in developing countries are liquidity-constrained. As a result, they may under-invest in the human capital of their children. We provide new evidence on the long-term (10-year) effects of cash transfers using data from Ecuador. Our analysis is based on two separate sources of data and two identification strategies. First, we extend the results from an experiment that randomly assigned children under the age of 6 years to “early” or “late” treatment groups. Although the early treatment group received twice as much in transfers, we find no difference between children in the two groups on performance on a large number of tests. Second, we use a regression discontinuity design exploiting the fact that a “poverty index” was used to determine eligibility for transfers. We fo...
Forthcoming: Can Cash Transfers Help Households Escape an Inter-Generational Poverty Trap?, M. Caridad Araujo, Mariano Bosch, Norbert Schady. in The Economics of Asset Accumulation and Poverty Traps, Barrett, Carter, and Chavas. 2017
|September 2009||Poverty Alleviation and Child Labor|
with Eric V. Edmonds: w15345
How important are subsistence concerns in a family's decision to send a child to work? We consider this question in Ecuador, where poor families are selected at random to receive a cash transfer that is equivalent to 7 percent of monthly expenditures. Winning the cash transfer lottery is associated with a decline in work for pay away from the child's home. The cash transfer is greater than the rise in schooling costs that comes with the end of primary school, but it is less than 20 percent of the income paid to child laborers in the labor market. Despite being less than foregone earnings, poor families seem to use the lottery award to delay the child's entry into paid employment and protect the child's schooling status. Schooling expenditures rise with the lottery, but total expenditures i...
Published: Eric V. Edmonds & Norbert Schady, 2012. "Poverty Alleviation and Child Labor," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, vol. 4(4), pages 100-124, November. citation courtesy of