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Cash, Food, or Vouchers? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Northern Ecuador


Melissa Hidrobo


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium

John Hoddinott


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Amber Peterman


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Amy Margolies


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium

Vanessa Moreira


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium

December 1, 2012

IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 01234

Abstract:     
The debate over whether to provide food assistance and the form that this assistance should take has a long history in economics. Despite the ongoing debate, little rigorous evidence exists that compares food assistance in the form of cash versus in-kind. This paper uses a randomized evaluation to assess the impacts and cost-effectiveness of cash, food vouchers, and food transfers. We find that all three modalities significantly improve the quantity and quality of food consumed. However, differences emerge in the types of food consumed, with food transfers leading to significantly larger increases in calories consumed, and vouchers leading to significantly larger increases in dietary diversity.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: food assistance, cash and in-kind transfers, food security, Ecuador

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Date posted: January 8, 2013  

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Hidrobo, Melissa and Hoddinott, John and Peterman, Amber and Margolies, Amy and Moreira, Vanessa, Cash, Food, or Vouchers? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Northern Ecuador (December 1, 2012). IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 01234. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2197461 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2197461

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Melissa Hidrobo (Contact Author)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

John Hoddinott
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )
2033 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-1002
United States
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Amber Peterman
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Amy Margolies
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Vanessa Moreira
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

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