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Family Allowances and Child School Attendance: An Ex-Ante Evaluation of Alternative Schemes in Uruguay


Verónica Amarante


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Rodrigo Arim


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Gioia De Melo


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Andrea Vigorito


Universidad de la Republica (Uruguay) - Instituto de Economia - Facultad de Ciencias Economicas

September 13, 2010

PEP PMMA Working Paper 2010-07

Abstract:     
Asignaciones Familiares is a child allowances program that was incepted in Uruguay in 1942 and significantly modified in 2008. The program is focused on children aged 0 to 18 and aims at alleviating poverty and promoting school attendance particularly among teen-agers. This paper presents an ex-ante evaluation on the effects of this reform on teenager school attendance, poverty, inequality and adult labour supply.

Our ex-ante estimated effects indicate that teenage school attendance rates may increase by six to eight percentage points as a result of the new program, and that this change in school attendance shows a progressive pattern. The program also significantly reduces extreme poverty, and to a lesser extent, the intensity and severity of poverty. Effects on poverty incidence and inequality are of small magnitude. Finally, the transfer may influence adult labor supply, inducing a reduction of work hours for household heads and spouses.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: Impact Evaluation, Conditional Cash Transfers, School Attendance, Poverty, Inequality

JEL Classification: I38, I32

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Date posted: September 14, 2010  

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Amarante , Verónica and Arim, Rodrigo and de Melo, Gioia and Vigorito, Andrea, Family Allowances and Child School Attendance: An Ex-Ante Evaluation of Alternative Schemes in Uruguay (September 13, 2010). PEP PMMA Working Paper 2010-07. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1676395 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1676395

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Verónica Amarante (Contact Author)
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Rodrigo Arim
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Gioia De Melo
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Andrea Vigorito
Universidad de la Republica (Uruguay) - Instituto de Economia - Facultad de Ciencias Economicas ( email )
Joaquin Requena 1375
Montevideo 11200, 11200
Uruguay
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