Turning a Shove into a Nudge? A "Labeled Cash Transfer" for Education

48 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2013 Last revised: 23 Jul 2013

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Najy Benhassine

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Economics, Finance, Accounting (EFA)

Florencia Devoto

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Esther Duflo

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics; Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)

Pascaline Dupas

Stanford University

Victor Pouliquen

Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) have been shown to increase human capital investments, but their standard features make them expensive. We use a large randomized experiment in Morocco to estimate an alternative government-run program, a "labeled cash transfer" (LCT): a small cash transfer made to fathers of school-aged children in poor rural communities, not conditional on school attendance but explicitly labeled as an education support program. We document large gains in school participation. Adding conditionality and targeting mothers make almost no difference. The program increased parents' belief that education was a worthwhile investment, a likely pathway for the results.

Suggested Citation

Benhassine, Najy and Devoto, Florencia and Duflo, Esther and Dupas, Pascaline and Pouliquen, Victor, Turning a Shove into a Nudge? A "Labeled Cash Transfer" for Education (July 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19227. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2295845

Najy Benhassine (Contact Author)

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Pascaline Dupas

Stanford University ( email )

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Victor Pouliquen

Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) ( email )

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