How Cash Transfers Boost Work and Economic Security
AbstractThere has long been a minority view that providing people with cash is an effective way of combating poverty and economic insecurity while promoting livelihoods and work. The mainstream view has been that giving people money, without conditions or obligations, promotes idleness and dependency, while being unnecessarily costly. Better, they contend, would be to allocate the available money to schemes that create jobs and/or human capital and that produce infrastructure. This paper reviews recent evidence on various types of scheme and on several pilot cash transfer schemes, assessing them by reference to principles of social justice.
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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Food aid; vouchers; cash transfers; economic security; public works; social pensions; disability grants; social policy;
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- H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
- J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
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