The cost of conditional cash transfers
Natàlia Caldés and
John Maluccio ()
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Natàlia Caldés: Agricultural and Applied Economics Department, ETSIA-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, Postal: Agricultural and Applied Economics Department, ETSIA-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Journal of International Development, 2005, vol. 17, issue 2, 151-168
A common criticism of antipoverty programmes is that a large proportion of their budgets never reaches the intended beneficiaries but is absorbed by administration costs. Yet, there is little empirical evidence on the costs, and even less on the cost structures, of such programmes. This paper outlines and implements a replicable methodology for a disaggregated cost analysis of a pilot conditional cash transfer programme in Nicaragua, examining the administration and private costs associated with a one-unit transfer to a beneficiary-referred to as the cost-transfer ratio. We find that for a meaningful assessment of cost efficiency, it is misleading to make calculations using only the typically available raw accounting data. Rather, one must delve into the details and specific activities of the programme. This is particularly important for pilot programmes, which typically have many upfront fixed costs associated with design and setting up operations. It is also important for conditional cash transfer programmes, which have additional costs associated with their specific design features and require changes in beneficiary behaviour that may engender substantial private costs. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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