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Simulating the impacts of cash transfers on poverty and school attendance: The case of Cambodia

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  • Meng, Channarith
  • Pfau, Wade Donald

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Using the Cambodia Socioeconomic Survey 2004 and employing micro-static simulation techniques, we measure the potential impacts of cash transfer programs for children to identify targeted groups that will have the most effect on poverty and school attendance. We conclude that the largest impacts occur by targeting poor children. If this proves to be too administratively costly, then targeting children in rural areas or targeting all children living in the ten poorest provinces will also yield significant poverty reduction. With regard to improving school attendance, the same targeted groups generally provide the biggest impacts as well, though the impacts on school attendance tend to be smaller than on poverty reduction.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 30472.

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Keywords: cash transfer; poverty; school attendance; Cambodia;

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