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

  • Debowicz, Dario
  • Golan, Jennifer

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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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series IFPRI discussion papers with number 1257.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifprid:1257
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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, vol. 26(4), pages 1255-1284, October.
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