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Conditional cash transfers and the learning crisis: evidence from Tayssir scale-up in Morocco

Jules Gazeaud () and Claire Ricard

NOVAFRICA Working Paper Series from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova School of Business and Economics, NOVAFRICA

Abstract: We use a regression discontinuity design in rural Morocco to study whether the enrollment gains from conditional cash transfer programs translate into learning benefits. Unlike most previous studies, we estimate the effects of a sustained exposure during whole primary school. We find small and seemingly negative effects on test scores at the end-of-primary school exam. Concomitant increases in class size suggest that the program constrained learning by putting additional pressure on existing resources in beneficiary areas. These results are particularly relevant for settings where transfers are geographically targeted with no measures to absorb the extra influx of students.

Keywords: Conditional cash transfers; learning outcomes; program scaleup; Morocco; Tayssir (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I38 J24 O12 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-dev and nep-ure
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