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Cash transfers in Latin America: Effects on poverty and redistribution

Veronica Amarante and Martín Brun

No wp-2016-136, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: In this paper, we present comparative evidence for eight Latin American countries regarding design and effects of cash transfers (CTs). On the basis of household survey data, we analyse their coverage, importance in household income, and effects on poverty reduction and income redistribution.We also present a static microsimulation to analyse the potential impacts of alternative programme designs including perfect targeting and higher budgets. Our results illustrate the wide variation of these interventions in terms of their design, coverage, and importance in household income.

Keywords: Cash transfers; Child poverty; Inequality; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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