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Cash Transfer Programs and Household Labor Supply

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

No 13102, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Employment helps reduce the risk of poverty. Through a randomized controlled trial, we evaluate the impact of a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program to low-income families with dependent children on household members' labor supply. Recipients are required to attend labor-market-oriented mentoring courses as a condition of 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. Results seem to be explained by improved family networks and increased parental investments in activities that enhance labor market opportunities.

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)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2020-03
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