Do Conditionalities Increase Support for Government Transfers?

Zucco, Cesar, Juan Pablo Luna, and Gokce Baykal. "Do Conditionalities Increase Support for Government Transfers". Journal of Development Studies. Forthcoming 2019.

22 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2016 Last revised: 26 Jan 2019

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Cesar Zucco

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE)

Juan Pablo Luna

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

O. Gokce Baykal

King's College London, International Development Department; Development Analytics

Date Written: January 14, 2019

Abstract

Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) have spread through the developing world in the past two decades. It is often assumed that CCTs enjoy political support in the population precisely because they impose conditions on beneficiaries. This article employs survey-experiments in Brazil and Turkey to determine whether, and in what contexts, making government transfers conditional on behaviour of beneficiaries increases political support for the programs. Results show that conditional transfers are only marginally more popular than similar unconditional transfers in nationally representative samples, but that this difference is substantially larger among the better-off and among those primed to think of themselves as different from beneficiaries. These findings imply that conditionalities \emph{per se} are not as strong a determinant of support for transfers as the literature suggests, but that they can still be helpful in building support for transfers among subsets of the population that are least likely to support them.

Suggested Citation

Zucco, Cesar and Luna, Juan Pablo and Baykal, O. Gokce, Do Conditionalities Increase Support for Government Transfers? (January 14, 2019). Zucco, Cesar, Juan Pablo Luna, and Gokce Baykal. "Do Conditionalities Increase Support for Government Transfers". Journal of Development Studies. Forthcoming 2019. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2807030 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2807030

Cesar Zucco (Contact Author)

Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) - Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) ( email )

Praia de Botafogo 190
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Brazil

Juan Pablo Luna

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile ( email )

Ave. Vicuna Mackenna 4860, Macul
Santiago
Chile

O. Gokce Baykal

King's College London, International Development Department ( email )

London, London
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/did/People/Affiliates/Gokce-Baykal.aspx

Development Analytics ( email )

31 Mektep Sokak
Emirgan Sariyer
Istanbul, Istanbul 34467
Turkey

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