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The impact of Oportunidades on human capital and income distribution: A top-down/bottom-up approach

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  • Debowicz, Dario
  • Golan, Jennifer

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In an effort to inform social policy in Mexico, this paper analyzes the effects of a major social program on school attendance and household income distribution, accounting for its partial and general equilibrium effects. Linking a microeconometric simulation model and a general equilibrium model in a bidirectional way, the paper explicitly takes spillover effects of the Oportunidades conditional cash transfer program into account. Our results suggest that partial equilibrium analysis alone may underestimate the distributional effects of the program.

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series IFPRI discussion papers with number 1257.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifprid:1257

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Keywords: Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model; Microsimulation model; Oportunidades; Child labor; Income inequality; Poverty; social policies; Public policy;

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  1. María Laura Alzúa & Guillermo Cruces & Laura Ripani, 2010. "Welfare Programs and Labor Supply in Developing Countries. Experimental Evidence from Latin America," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0095, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
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