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

PEP PMMA Working Paper 2010-07

45 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2010  

Verónica Amarante

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rodrigo Arim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gioia de Melo

Banco de México

Andrea Vigorito

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

Date Written: September 13, 2010

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.

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

JEL Classification: I38, I32

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1676395 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1676395

Verónica Amarante (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Rodrigo Arim

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Gioia De Melo

Banco de México ( email )

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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