A Cost-Benefit Framework for Evaluating Conditional Cash-Transfer Programs

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis 2013; 4(2): 159–180

Posted: 21 Sep 2018

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Following the prototype of Mexico’s Progresa program, a number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have initiated conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs. More recently, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have followed suit. However, no comprehensive framework to carry out a cost benefit analysis (CBA) exists. This paper presents such a CBA framework for CCTs which enables design features such as targeting and conditionality to be separately evaluated. The framework is applied to an evaluation of a CCT program for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya. The role of conditionality in SSA and the need for distribution weights is discussed.

Keywords: CBA Conditional Cash Transfers; Distributional Weights; Kenya; OVC

Suggested Citation

Brent, Robert J, A Cost-Benefit Framework for Evaluating Conditional Cash-Transfer Programs (2013). Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis 2013; 4(2): 159–180, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3241001

Robert J Brent (Contact Author)

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