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Debunking the Stereotype of the Lazy Welfare Recipient: Evidence from Cash Transfer Programs

Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Gabriel E. Kreindler and Benjamin Olken

World Bank Research Observer, 2017, vol. 32, issue 2, 155-184

Abstract: Targeted transfer programs for poor citizens have become increasingly common in the developing world. Yet, a common concern among policy-makers and citizens is that such programs tend to discourage work. We re-analyze the data from seven randomized controlled trials of government-run cash transfer programs in six developing countries throughout the world, and find no systematic evidence that cash transfer programs discourage work.

JEL-codes: C93 H53 I38 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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