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Conditional Cash Transfers, Payment Dates and Labor Supply: Evidence from Peru

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  • Fernando Fernandez

    (Barcelona GSE and Universidad de Piura.)

  • Victor Saldarriaga

    (Peruvian Ministry of Social Development and Inclusion)

Abstract

We assess the effects of a Conditional Cash Transfer program on adult labor supply in Peru. The program, named Juntos, lacks an experimental design so we rely on a sort of “natural experiment”. Instead of comparing treated and non-treated households, our strategy exploits within-municipality variation in the distance between payment dates of Juntos and interview dates of the Peruvian National Household Survey. We find that having received the cash transfer two weeks before the interview causes a reduction of 6 hours of work of recipients during the week prior to the survey. These effects are larger for married women and for mothers with children aged 5 or less. In addition, results are robust to different specifications and changes in the sample.

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  • Fernando Fernandez & Victor Saldarriaga, 2013. "Conditional Cash Transfers, Payment Dates and Labor Supply: Evidence from Peru," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0140, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
  • Handle: RePEc:dls:wpaper:0140
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    Cited by:

    1. White, Justin S. & Basu, Sanjay, 2016. "Does the benefits schedule of cash assistance programs affect the purchase of temptation goods? Evidence from Peru," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 70-89.
    2. Armando Barrientos & Juan Miguel Villa, 2013. "Antipoverty transfers and labour force participation effects," Global Development Institute Working Paper Series 18513, GDI, The University of Manchester.

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    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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