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Conditional Cash Transfers: The Case of Progresa/Oportunidades

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  • Susan W. Parker
  • Petra E. Todd

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Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs innovate by conditioning transfers to poor families on investments in the human capital of children and other family members. The Mexican CCT program Progresa/Oportunidades began in 1997 and has served as a model for many of the now over sixty countries with CCTs around the world, in large part due to its initial evaluation with an experimental design and numerous follow-up studies. This article reviews the literature on the development, evaluation, and findings of Progresa/Oportunidades, summarizing what is known about program effects, taking into account corrections for multiple-hypothesis testing.

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  • Susan W. Parker & Petra E. Todd, 2017. "Conditional Cash Transfers: The Case of Progresa/Oportunidades," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 55(3), pages 866-915, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:55:y:2017:i:3:p:866-915
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jel.20151233
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    1. Sam Watson’s journal round-up for 30th October 2017
      by Sam Watson in The Academic Health Economists' Blog on 2017-10-30 17:00:34
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    1. Klein, Matthew J. & Barham, Bradford L., 2018. "Point Estimates of Household Bargaining Power Using Outside Options," Staff Paper Series 590, University of Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics.
    2. John Scott & Enrique de la Rosa & Rodrigo Aranda, 2017. "Inequality and fiscal redistribution in Mexico: 1992–2015," WIDER Working Paper Series 194, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. repec:eee:enepol:v:113:y:2018:i:c:p:663-672 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. repec:eee:wdevel:v:105:y:2018:i:c:p:1-12 is not listed on IDEAS

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    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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