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Productive Spillovers of Social Cash Transfers in Africa:A Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation (LEWIE) Approach


  • J. Edward Taylor

    () (IPC-IG)

  • Karen Thome

    () (IPC-IG)

  • Mateusz Filipski

    () (IPC-IG)

  • Benjamin Davis

    () (IPC-IG)


Many countries around the globe, including in sub-Saharan Africa,have implemented social cash transfers (SCTs) as a new line of attackagainst extreme poverty. Most African SCT programmes involve theunconditional transfer of cash to households that are both asset-and labour-poor. The stated goals of these programmes are social:to improve the welfare of the treated households by providingcash and encouraging changes in behaviour related to nutrition,education and health. But by providing poor households withcash, SCT programmes also treat the local economies of whichthese households are part, by stimulating demand for local goodsand services. In light of the eligibility criteria for SCTs, ineligiblehouseholds may be more likely than eligible households to expandtheir production to meet new local demand. If the local supplyresponse is sufficiently elastic, the impacts in local economiesmay be expansionary rather than inflationary.

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  • J. Edward Taylor & Karen Thome & Mateusz Filipski & Benjamin Davis, 2014. "Productive Spillovers of Social Cash Transfers in Africa:A Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation (LEWIE) Approach," One Pager 256, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:opager:256

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    1. Karen Thome & Mateusz Filipski & Justin Kagin & J. Edward Taylor & Benjamin Davis, 2013. "Agricultural Spillover Effects of Cash Transfers: What Does LEWIE Have to Say?," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 95(5), pages 1338-1344.
    2. Mateusz Filipski & J. Edward Taylor, 2012. "A simulation impact evaluation of rural income transfers in Malawi and Ghana," Journal of Development Effectiveness, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(1), pages 109-129, March.
    3. Taylor, J. Edward & Filipski, Mateusz J., 2014. "Beyond Experiments in Development Economics: Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198707882.
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    Productive; Spillovers; Social; Cash Transfers. Africa; Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation; LEWIE;

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