Social Protection Amidst Social Upheaval: Examining the Impact of a Multi-Faceted Program for Ultra-Poor Households in Yemen

42 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2020 Last revised: 26 Jul 2021

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Lasse Brune

Northwestern University - Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Dean Karlan

Northwestern University

Sikandra Kurdi

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Christopher Udry

Northwestern University

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Date Written: July 2021

Abstract

Social protection programs are needed more than ever during periods of social upheaval, but are also likely to be even harder to implement successfully. Furthermore, social upheaval makes measuring the impact of such policies all the more difficult. We study the impact of a multi-faceted social protection program, often referred to as a “graduation” model program, in Yemen during a period of civil unrest. We are unable to measure outcomes for four years, thus much remains unknown about what transpired in the intermediary time. After four years we find positive impacts on asset accumulation and savings behavior, albeit substantially less than the amount the household originally received.

Keywords: conflict, social protection, poverty, transfer programs

JEL Classification: O12, I30, J24, F51, C93

Suggested Citation

Brune, Lasse and Karlan, Dean and Kurdi, Sikandra and Udry, Christopher, Social Protection Amidst Social Upheaval: Examining the Impact of a Multi-Faceted Program for Ultra-Poor Households in Yemen (July 2021). Global Poverty Research Lab Working Paper No. 20-105, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3654353 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3654353

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Dean Karlan

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Sikandra Kurdi

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Christopher Udry

Northwestern University ( email )

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