The Impact of Positive and Negative Income Changes on the Height and Weight of Young Children

52 Pages Posted: 3 May 2014

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Thomas Buser

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE)

Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM); Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Erik Plug

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE); Tinbergen Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Juan Ponce

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) - Ecuador

Jose Rosero

INEC (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos)

Abstract

We estimate the impact of changes in unearned income on the height and weight of young children in a developing country. As source of variation we use changes in the eligibility criteria for receipt of an unconditional cash transfer in Ecuador. Two years after families lost the transfer, which they had received for seven years, their young children weigh less, and are shorter and more likely to be stunted than young children in families that kept the cash transfer. We find no effect on young children's height and weight two years after gaining the cash transfer. Information on household expenditures suggests that a reduction of food expenditures by households that lost the transfer is the main mechanism behind this finding.

Keywords: cash transfers, health outcomes, developing country, poverty reduction

JEL Classification: I14, H51, C31

Suggested Citation

Buser, Thomas and Oosterbeek, Hessel and Plug, Erik and Ponce, Juan and Rosero, Jose, The Impact of Positive and Negative Income Changes on the Height and Weight of Young Children. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8130. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2432394

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Hessel Oosterbeek

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Erik Plug

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute

Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Juan Ponce

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) - Ecuador ( email )

La Pradera 7-174 y Diego de Almagro
Quito, Pichincha 000
Ecuador

Jose Rosero

INEC (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos) ( email )

Ecuador

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