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Building dreams: The short-term impacts of a conditional cash transfer program on aspirations for higher education

Sandra García, Arturo Harker Roa and Jorge Cuartas

International Journal of Educational Development, 2019, vol. 64, issue C, 48-57

Abstract: This paper analyses the short-term impacts of a large scale conditional cash transfer program on educational aspirations in poor households. Using data from the impact evaluation of the Colombian program Familias en Acción and a difference-in-differences approach, we find a positive impact on aspirations for higher education, for both children and parents. After more than one year of exposure, parents were 11 percentage points more likely to aspire for higher education for their children, and children were 20 percentage points more likely to aspire to higher education. The effect was larger for parents in the most socioeconomically disadvantaged households.

Keywords: Educational aspirations; Conditional cash transfer; Education; Difference-in-differences; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D03 D04 I25 I28 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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