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Does conditionality matter for adults' health? Evidence from a randomized experiment

Avitabile, C.; (2009) Does conditionality matter for adults' health? Evidence from a randomized experiment. (CSEF Working Papers 222). Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), Department of Economics, University of Naples Federico II: Naples, Italy. Green open access

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Abstract

We present evidence on how the requirement to attend health and nutrition sessions affetcs the health behaviour of adults living in households targeted by a nutritional programme in rural Mexico. The evaluation sample of the Programa de Apoyo Alimentario (PAL) is unique in having four different treatment types, which are randomly assigned to four different groups of localities, which one group designed to receive tranfers but without any requirement to attend health and nutrition courses. We find that attendance at educational sessions does not affect drinking and smoking behaviour, but significantly reduces the probability of having a large waist circumference among women. We provide evidence that attending health and nutrition related courses determines a large drop in the probability that adult women have excessive calorie intake. The results suggest that lack of information can explain, at least in part, the impressive rise in female obesity in developing countries.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Does conditionality matter for adults' health? Evidence from a randomized experiment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.csef.it/wpcsef.htm
Language: English
Keywords: Adult health, conditional cash tranfers, information, PAL
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/18805
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