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The effects of conditional cash transfers on schooling and child labor of nonbeneficiary siblings

Karen Camilo and Blanca Zuluaga

International Journal of Educational Development, 2022, vol. 89, issue C

Abstract: This paper evaluates the existence of spillover effects of the “Más Familias en Acción” program on eligible children who are not beneficiaries of the subsidy while their siblings are. Using a nonexperimental design, through a propensity score matching and a difference-in-differences model, we found a negative effect on the school enrollment of nonbeneficiary siblings, as well as an increase in their absenteeism. Furthermore, we found heterogeneous spillover effects on child labor by gender and age. Based on the results, we recommend redesigning the conditional cash transfer program by expanding the coverage to a household level, instead of limiting the number of beneficiary children per household.

Keywords: Spillover effects; Conditional cash transfers; Education; Child labor; Impact evaluation; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2021.102539

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