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Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development

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  • Daniela Del Boca

    (University of Torino and CCA)

  • Christopher Flinn

    (New York University and CCA)

  • Matthew Wiswall

    (Arizona State University)

Abstract

In this paper we utilize a model of household investments in the cognitive development of children to explore the impact of various transfer policies on the distribution of child cognitive outcomes in target populations. We develop a cost criterion that can be used to compare the cost effectiveness of unrestricted, restricted, and conditional cash transfer systems, and find that conditional cash transfers are the most cost efficient way to attain any given gain in average child quality in a target population. Of course, this is only true if one uses efficiently designed cash transfer systems, and we are able to explore their design using our modeling framework.

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  • Daniela Del Boca & Christopher Flinn & Matthew Wiswall, 2013. "Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development," Working Papers 2013-001, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:hka:wpaper:2013-001
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    Keywords

    Time Allocation; Child Development; conditional and unconditional cash transfer;
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    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior

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