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Cash Transfer Programs and Household Labor Supply

Daniela Del Boca (), Chiara Pronzato and Giuseppe Sorrenti ()

No 8247, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: Employment contributes to reduce the risk of poverty. Through a randomized controlled trial, we evaluate the impact of a conditional cash transfer program (CCT) to low-income families with dependent children on household members’ labor supply. The attendance of labor-market-oriented mentoring courses constitutes the condition to obtain the transfer. One year after admission to the program, fathers assigned to the CCT program are more likely to work (+14 percent) than fathers assigned to an unconditional cash transfer program or to a pure control group. No effect arises for mothers. Increased paternal investments in activities enhancing labor market opportunities and improved family networks seem to explain the results.

Keywords: conditional cash transfers; poverty; household labor supply; mentoring courses (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I20 I31 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp, nep-lma and nep-ltv
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