Does the Form of Delivering Incentives in Conditional Cash Transfers Matter Over a Decade Later?

45 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2017 Last revised: 12 May 2018

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Andrés Ham

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - School of Government

Hope Michelson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Written: May 7, 2018

Abstract

We study whether Honduran children exposed to a conditional cash transfer program from 2000-2005 experience lasting effects on human capital and labor market outcomes in early adulthood. The government randomly assigned three forms of delivering program benefits across targeted municipalities: demand (vouchers), supply (clinic and school subsidies), and a combination of both. This program provides an opportunity to explore if and how differential exposure to incentives produces longer term effects. Using municipal-level panel data, these effects are estimated using difference-in-differences. We find that the form of delivering cash transfers influences the degree to which these programs make progress towards their objective of reducing future poverty. Compared to municipalities receiving support from the Honduran Poverty Reduction Strategy, our study indicates that exposure to demand-side incentives in- dividually has no lasting impact. However, joint exposure to both demand- and supply-side incentives does lead to measurable improvements in schooling and labor market participation.

Keywords: conditional cash transfers, long-term effects, demand- and supply-side incentives, human capital, labor markets

JEL Classification: O12, I25, I28, I38, J20

Suggested Citation

Ham, Andrés and Michelson, H.C., Does the Form of Delivering Incentives in Conditional Cash Transfers Matter Over a Decade Later? (May 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3051745 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3051745

Andrés Ham (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - School of Government ( email )

Cra 1. No. 19 - 27. Bloque Aulas Tercer piso
Bogotá D.C.
Colombia

H.C. Michelson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

601 E John St
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

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