Will Elders Provide for Their Grandchildren?: Unconditional Cash Transfers and Educational Expenditures in Bolivia

29 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2017

See all articles by Gustavo J. Canavire-Bacarreza

Gustavo J. Canavire-Bacarreza

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alberto Chong

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Department of Economics; Institute for Corruption Studies

Fernando Rios-Avila

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Monica Yanez Pagans

World Bank

Date Written: August 29, 2017

Abstract

This paper takes advantage of repeated cross-section household surveys and a sharp discontinuity created by the introduction of an unconditional cash transfer to elders. The paper evaluates the impact of these cash transfers on the educational expenditures for children within a household. The analysis finds positive and significant effects of the program at the aggregate level. It also finds that the program has stronger effects in indigenous populations and among female and rural populations. The results are robust with respect to a series of falsification tests, survey structures, model specifications, and estimation methods.

Keywords: Educational Sciences, Social Protections & Assistance

Suggested Citation

Canavire Bacarreza, Gustavo Javier and Chong, Alberto and Rios-Avila, Fernando and Yanez Pagans, Monica, Will Elders Provide for Their Grandchildren?: Unconditional Cash Transfers and Educational Expenditures in Bolivia (August 29, 2017). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8176. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3029857

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Monica Yanez Pagans

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