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Bolsa Família and Household Labour Supply


  • Alan de Brauw

    () (International Food Policy Research Institute)

  • Daniel O. Gilligan

    () (International Food Policy Research Institute)

  • John Hoddinott

    () (International Food Policy Research Institute)

  • Shalini Roy

    () (International Food Policy Research Institute)


A common concern about social protection programmes is that the transfers they provide may create disincentives for work. By raising incomes, transfer payments may encourage households to seek more leisure time and reduce their participation in the labour force or the number of hours worked, even in poor households. Evidence from evaluation studies of conditional cash transfer programmes suggests that such concerns are overstated; most studies find no disincentive effects or, at most, modest reductions in labour supply (Fiszbein and Schady, 2009).

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  • Alan de Brauw & Daniel O. Gilligan & John Hoddinott & Shalini Roy, 2013. "Bolsa Família and Household Labour Supply," One Pager 239, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:opager:239

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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.
    2. Ariel Fiszbein & Norbert Schady & Francisco H.G. Ferreira & Margaret Grosh & Niall Keleher & Pedro Olinto & Emmanuel Skoufias, 2009. "Conditional Cash Transfers : Reducing Present and Future Poverty," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2597.
    3. Fernando Botelho & Vladimir Ponczek, 2011. "Segmentation in the Brazilian Labor Market," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 59(2), pages 437-463.
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    1. Alan de Brauw & Daniel O. Gilligan & John Hoddinott & Shalini Roy, 2014. "El Programa Bolsa Familia y la Oferta de Trabajo en las Familias," One Pager Spanish 239, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.

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