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Poverty graduation with cash transfers: a randomized evaluation

Vilas J. Gobin, Paulo Santos and Russell Toth

No 23-16, Monash Economics Working Papers from Monash University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We examine the impact of the Rural Entrepreneur Access Program (REAP), a poverty graduation program that combines multiple interventions with the aim of promoting en- trepreneurship among ultra-poor women. The program emphasizes cash transfers (rather than asset transfers) to ultra-poor women, in addition to business skills training, business mentoring and savings. Participation in each of three rounds of the program was randomly determined through a public lottery. In the short-to-medium-run we find that the program has a positive and significant impact on income, savings, asset accumulation, and food security that are similar to more traditional poverty graduation programs that rely on asset transfers.

Keywords: Poverty graduation; Cash transfers; Entrepreneurship; Ultra-poor; Field ex- periment; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D13 J24 O12 O13 Q12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-agr, nep-dev and nep-ent
Date: 2016-11
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