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Efficient Responses to Targeted Cash Transfers

Attanasio, OP; Lechene, V; (2014) Efficient Responses to Targeted Cash Transfers. Journal of Political Economy , 122 (1) 178 - 222. 10.1086/674968. Green open access

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Abstract

We estimate and test the restrictions of a collective model of household consumption, using z-conditional demands, in the context of a large conditional cash transfer program in rural Mexico. The model can explain the impacts of the program on the structure of food consumption. We use two plausible and novel distribution factors: the random allocation of a cash transfer to women and the relative size and wealth of the husband’s and wife’s family networks. Our structure does better at predicting the effect of exogenous increases in household income than an alternative, unitary, structure. We cannot reject efficiency of household decisions.

Type: Article
Title: Efficient Responses to Targeted Cash Transfers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/674968
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/674968
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 by The University of Chicago.
Keywords: Intrahousehold allocation, collective rationality, social experiment, conditional cash transfers, QUAIDS, food
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1409259
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