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The Impact of Bolsa Família on Women’s Decision-Making Power


Alan De Brauw


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Daniel O. Gilligan


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

John Hoddinott


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Shalini Roy


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

February 3, 2012


Abstract:     
Conditional cash transfer programs that transfer resources to women have considerable scope to increase women’s decision-making power. Yet evidence of this effect is limited. We provide the first direct quantitative evidence of a CCT’s impact on women’s decision making, showing heterogeneity based on household characteristics. We find that Brazil’s Bolsa Família program significantly increases women’s decision-making power regarding contraception. For women in urban areas and for women less educated than their spouses, we find additional significant increases in women’s decision-making power regarding children’s school attendance, health expenses, and clothing; women’s own labor supply and clothing; and household durable goods purchases.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 53

Keywords: Brazil, Bolsa Familia, women, conditional cash transfers

JEL Classification: D10, H53, I38, O1, O54

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Date posted: February 5, 2012  

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de Brauw, Alan and Gilligan, Daniel O. and Hoddinott, John and Roy, Shalini, The Impact of Bolsa Família on Women’s Decision-Making Power (February 3, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1999073 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1999073

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Alan De Brauw
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Daniel O. Gilligan
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )
2033 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20006-1002
United States
202-862-8146 (Phone)
202-467-4439 (Fax)

John Hoddinott
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )
2033 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-1002
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.ifpri.org/srstaff/HoddinottJ.htm

Shalini Roy (Contact Author)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

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