The Role of Information and Cash Transfers on Early Childhood Development: Evidence from Nepal

40 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2016

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Michael Levere

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Gayatri Acharya

World Bank

Prashant Bharadwaj

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: December 29, 2016

Abstract

Although substantial progress has been made in combating malnutrition at the global level, chronic maternal and child malnutrition remains a serious problem in many parts of the developing world. This paper, using a randomized control trial design in Nepal, evaluates a program that provided information on best practices in providing child care and cash to families in extremely poor areas with pregnant mothers and/or children below the age of 2. The analysis finds significant and sizable impacts of the information plus cash intervention on maternal knowledge, behavior, child development, and nutrition. The sizes of these impacts along some measures of knowledge and development are significantly different from the information-only intervention group, suggesting a potential role for providing a short-term cash safety net along with information to tackle the problem of malnutrition.

Keywords: Services & Transfers to Poor, Disability, Early Child and Children's Health, Reproductive Health, Early Childhood Development, Access of Poor to Social Services, Economic Assistance, Nutrition

Suggested Citation

Levere, Michael and Acharya, Gayatri and Bharadwaj, Prashant, The Role of Information and Cash Transfers on Early Childhood Development: Evidence from Nepal (December 29, 2016). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7931. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2891528

Michael Levere (Contact Author)

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Gayatri Acharya

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Prashant Bharadwaj

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics ( email )

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