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IMPACT of Cash Transfer Programs on School Attendance and Child Poverty: An Ex-ante Simulation for Sri Lanka

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  • KUMARA, Ajantha Sisira
  • PFAU, Wade Donald

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For countries assessing whether to implement a cash transfer program, an ex-ante evaluation is vital to assess its potential impacts. This study simulates the impact of alternative cash transfer programs on school attendance and poverty among Sri Lankan children. We find that cash transfer programs targeting poor children would be the most cost-effective way to reduce child poverty and encourage school attendance. If means-testing is not feasible, then programs targeting the children in households with at least three school-age children would provide a suitable second-best solution. Our findings suggest that even a limited program budget can provide significant impacts.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 30501.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2010
Date of revision: 11 Aug 2010
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:30501

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Keywords: Cash Transfers; Poverty; School Attendance; Sri Lanka;

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  1. Bourguignon, Francois & Ferreira, Francisco H. G. & Leite, Phillippe G., 2002. "Ex-ante evaluation of conditional cash transfer programs: the case of bolsa escola," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2916, The World Bank.
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