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The impact of Oportunidades on human capital and income distribution: A top-down/bottom-up approach

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  • Debowicz, Dario
  • Golan, Jennifer

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In an effort to inform social policy in Mexico, this paper analyzes the effects of a major social program on school attendance and household income distribution, accounting for its partial and general equilibrium effects. Linking a microeconometric simulation model and a general equilibrium model in a bidirectional way, the paper explicitly takes spillover effects of the Oportunidades conditional cash transfer program into account. Our results suggest that partial equilibrium analysis alone may underestimate the distributional effects of the program.

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  • Debowicz, Dario & Golan, Jennifer, 2013. "The impact of Oportunidades on human capital and income distribution: A top-down/bottom-up approach," IFPRI discussion papers 1257, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    1. María Alzúa & Guillermo Cruces & Laura Ripani, 2013. "Welfare programs and labor supply in developing countries: experimental evidence from Latin America," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 26(4), pages 1255-1284, October.
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    1. Nelson, Suzanne & Frakenberger, Tim & Brown, Vicky & Presnall, Carrie & Downen, Jeanne, 2015. "Ex-Post impact assessment review of IFPRI’s research program on social protection, 2000–2012," Impact assessments 40, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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    Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model; Microsimulation model; Oportunidades; Child labor; Income inequality; Poverty; social policies; Public policy;

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