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

44 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2020 Last revised: 22 Sep 2021

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Lasse Brune

Northwestern University - Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Dean S. Karlan

Yale University; Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; Innovations for Poverty Action; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Sikandra Kurdi

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Christopher Udry

Northwestern University

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Date Written: August 2020

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 savings behavior and asset accumulation, albeit substantially less than the amount the household originally received.

Keywords: conflict, poverty, social protection, transfer programs

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

Suggested Citation

Brune, Lasse and Karlan, Dean S. and Karlan, Dean S. 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 (August 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15124, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3674900

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