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Direct and indirect effects of Malawi?s public works program on food security

Kathleen G. Beegle, Emanuela Galasso () and Jessica Goldberg

No 7505, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: Labor-intensive public works programs are important social protection tools in low-income settings, intended to supplement income of poor households and improve public infrastructure. In this evaluation of the Malawi Social Action Fund, an at-scale, government-operated program, across- and within-village randomization is used to estimate effects on food security and use of fertilizer. There is no evidence that the program improves food security, and some negative spillovers to untreated households. These disappointing results hold even under modifications to the design of the program to offer work during the lean rather than harvest season or increase the frequency of payments.

Keywords: Food Security; Small Area Estimation Poverty Mapping; Regional Economic Development; Rural Poverty Reduction; Food&Beverage Industry (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-12-02
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