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Feed Thy Neighbour: how Social Ties shape Spillover Effects of Cash Transfers on Food Security and Nutrition

Alessandro Carraro and Lucia Ferrone

Working Papers - Economics from Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa

Abstract: Economic development in Sub Saharan African countries is strongly tied to households’ ability to cope with exogenous events affecting their well-being. Using data from the Lesotho Child Grant Program dataset we provide evidence on whether households’ food security and nutrition are influenced by the presence of a particular network structure, and if there is any spill-over effect of the program on ineligible households living in treated villages. We take advantage of information on money and in-kind transfers to build a set of indicators representing quantitatively and qualitatively the network architecture of each household. We find relevant spill-over effects of the CGP on the food security and nutrition of ineligible households living in treated villages and embedded in a social network.

Keywords: Cash Transfers; Informal Networks; Randomized Control Trial Experiment; Food and Nutrition Security; Lesotho (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-dev, nep-exp and nep-soc
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