Cash Transfers, conditions, and school enrollment in Ecuador

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dc.description.abstract The impact of cash transfer programs on the accumulation of human capital is a topic of great policy importance. An attendant question is whether program effects are larger when transfers are"conditioned"on certain behaviors, such as a requirement that households enroll their children in school. This paper uses a randomized study design to analyze the impact of the Bono de Desarrollo Humano (BDH), a cash transfer program, on enrollment and child work among poor children in Ecuador. There are two main results. First, the BDH program had a large, positive impact on school enrollment, about 10 percentage points, and a large, negative impact on child work, about 17 percentage points. Second, the fact that some households believed that there was a school enrollment requirement attached to the transfers, even though such a requirement was never enforced or monitored in Ecuador, helps explain the magnitude of program effects. en
dc.title Cash Transfers, conditions, and school enrollment in Ecuador en
dc.contributor.author Schady, Norbert
dc.contributor.author Araujo, Maria Caridad
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-17T23:03:30Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-17T23:03:30Z
dc.date.issued 2008-03
dc.identifier.issn 1529-7470
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/48771
lacea.language.supported en
dc.contributor.other Comments by Ximena Peña and Luis F. López-Calva
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Brookings Institution Press
dc.subject Education
dc.subject Ecuador
dc.subject Conditional Cash Transfer programs
dc.subject Human capital
dc.subject School enrollment
dc.type Article

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