The Impact of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs on Food Consumption in Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua

39 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2008

See all articles by John Hoddinott

John Hoddinott

Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Students

Doris Wiesmann

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 17, 2008

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of three conditional cash transfer programs, PRAF, PROGRESA, and RPS on food consumption. Our nonparametric analysis suggests that the effect on these programs is likely to be highest for the poorest households and this is indeed true in all three countries, even Honduras, where transfer levels were considerably lower than in Mexico or Nicaragua. Our intent-to-treat estimates indicate that exposure to these conditional cash transfer programs raises caloric acquisition by households in the poorest tertiles by 5.6 percent in Mexico, 6.9 percent in Honduras, and 12.7 percent in Nicaragua. As suggested by economic theory, there is also likely to be an improvement in the diversity of recipients' diets. In all three countries, these programs led to improvements in the composition of the diet and again, this was most pronounced among the poorest households.

Keywords: food consumption, conditional cash transfers, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras

JEL Classification: O12, D12

Suggested Citation

Hoddinott, John and Wiesmann, Doris, The Impact of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs on Food Consumption in Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua (August 17, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1269417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1269417

John Hoddinott (Contact Author)

Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Students ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States

Doris Wiesmann

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
406
Abstract Views
1,875
rank
72,716
PlumX Metrics