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Challenges to Promoting Social Inclusion of the Extreme Poor: Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment in Colombia

Carneiro, PM; Attanasio, O; Abramovsky, L; Barron, K; Stoye, G; (2014) Challenges to Promoting Social Inclusion of the Extreme Poor: Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment in Colombia. Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

We evaluate the large scale pilot of an innovative and major welfare intervention in Colom- bia, which combines homes visits by trained social workers to households in extreme poverty with preferential access to social programs. We use a randomized control trial and a very rich dataset collected as part of the evaluation to identify program impacts on the knowledge and take-up of social programs and the labor supply of targeted households. We find no consistent impact of the program on these outcomes, possibly because the way the pilot was implemented resulted in very light treatment in terms of home visits. Importantly, administrative data in- dicates that the program has been rolled out nationally in a very similar fashion, suggesting that this major national program is likely to fail in making a significant contribution to re- ducing extreme poverty. We suggest that the program should undergo substantial reforms, which in turn should be evaluated.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Challenges to Promoting Social Inclusion of the Extreme Poor: Evidence from a Large-Scale Experiment in Colombia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1920/wp.ifs.2014.1433
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1920/wp.ifs.2014.1433
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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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/1492808
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