Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development

63 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2016

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Daniela Del Boca

University of Turin - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD)

Christopher J. Flinn

New York University -Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Matthew Wiswall

Arizona State University (ASU)

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Date Written: October 2016

Abstract

In this paper we utilize a model of household investments in the development of children to explore the impact of various transfer policies on the distribution of child outcomes. We develop a cost criterion that can be used to compare the cost effectiveness of unrestricted, restricted, and conditional cash transfer systems, and find that an optimally chosen conditional cash transfer program is the most cost efficient way to attain any given gain in average child quality. We explore several design elements for the conditional cash transfer system and discuss the role of production function uncertainty and measurement error.

Keywords: child development, conditional cash transfers, Income Transfers, Time allocation

JEL Classification: D1, J13

Suggested Citation

Del Boca, Daniela and Flinn, Christopher J. and Wiswall, Matthew, Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development (October 2016). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11573. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2853392

Daniela Del Boca (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD)

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Italy

Christopher J. Flinn

New York University -Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Matthew Wiswall

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

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Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

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