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

53 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2012  

Alan de Brauw

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Daniel O. Gilligan

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

John Hoddinott

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

Shalini Roy

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: 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.

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

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1999073 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1999073

Alan De Brauw

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
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

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

Ithaca, NY
United States

Shalini Roy (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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