Food and Cash Transfers: Evidence from Colombia

33 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2012

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Orazio Attanasio

University College London - Department of Economics; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Erich Battistin

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Alice Mesnard

University of Toulouse 1 - Advanced Research in Quantitative Applied Development Economics (ARQADE); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: March 2012

Abstract

We study food Engel curves amongst the poor population targeted by a conditional cash transfer programme in Colombia. After controlling for the endogeneity of total consumption and for the price variability across villages, our estimates imply that an increase in consumption by 10% would lead to a decrease of 1% in the share of food. However, quasi‐experimental estimates of the impact of the programme show that the share of food increases. This result is not inconsistent with the hypothesis that the programme could increase the bargaining power of women, inducing a more than proportional increase in food consumption.

Suggested Citation

Attanasio, Orazio and Battistin, Erich and Mesnard, Alice, Food and Cash Transfers: Evidence from Colombia (March 2012). The Economic Journal, Vol. 122, Issue 559, pp. 92-124, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2016722 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2011.02473.x

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Erich Battistin

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Alice Mesnard

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