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The Impact of the Bolsa Família Programme on Beneficiaries? Fertility


  • Bruna Signorini

    () (Cedeplar/UFMG)

  • Bernardo Queiroz

    () (Cedeplar/UFMG)


The Bolsa Família programme1 provides a benefit up to maximum of three benefits2 to every pregnant woman and child up to 15 years of age and another benefit to teenagers between 16 and 17 years old, up to a maximum of two benefits, in families with less than R$140.00 per capita monthly income. This feature of the programme has led some commentators to fear that it could trigger an increase in fertility of the poor. The possible impact on fertility behaviour has drawn very little attention from researchers, despite being one of the most popular criticisms against to Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) programmes. To our knowledge, only two papers investigate this possible relationship in Brazil: Rocha (2010) and Signorini & Queiroz (2011). The empirical evidence from other countries suggests that CCTs have no significant impact on fertility. The evidence holds for other types of programmes, including those that provide only child care, traditional cash transfer programmes, and income tax exemption policies (Stecklov et al., 2007). (?)

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  • Bruna Signorini & Bernardo Queiroz, 2012. "The Impact of the Bolsa Família Programme on Beneficiaries? Fertility," One Pager 138, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:opager:138

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    1. Becker, Gary S & Lewis, H Gregg, 1973. "On the Interaction between the Quantity and Quality of Children," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 81(2), pages 279-288, Part II, .
    2. Bruna Atayde Signorini & Bernardo Lanza Queiroz, 2011. "The impact of Bolsa Família Program in the beneficiary fertility," Textos para Discussão Cedeplar-UFMG td439, Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.
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