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Conditional Cash Transfers: The Case of Progresa/Oportunidades

Susan Parker () and Petra E. Todd

Journal of Economic Literature, 2017, vol. 55, issue 3, 866-915

Abstract: Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs innovate by conditioning transfers to poor families on investments in the human capital of children and other family members. The Mexican CCT program Progresa/Oportunidades began in 1997 and has served as a model for many of the now over sixty countries with CCTs around the world, in large part due to its initial evaluation with an experimental design and numerous follow-up studies. This article reviews the literature on the development, evaluation, and findings of Progresa/Oportunidades, summarizing what is known about program effects, taking into account corrections for multiple-hypothesis testing.

JEL-codes: H23 I18 I28 I32 I38 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/jel.20151233
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