Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development

Daniela Del Boca, Christopher Flinn, Matthew Wiswall

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Abstract

We utilise a model of household investments in the development of children to explore the impact of various transfer policies on the distribution of child outcomes. We develop a cost criterion that can be used to compare the efficacy of unrestricted, restricted, and conditional cash transfer (CCT) systems, and find that an optimally chosen CCT programme is the most cost-efficient way to attain any given gain in average child quality. We explore several design elements for the CCT system and discuss the role of production function uncertainty and measurement error.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F136-F183
JournalEconomic Journal
Volume126
Issue number596
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Child development
Household
Conditional cash transfers
Costs
Production function
Transfer policy
Efficacy
Measurement error
Uncertainty

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Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development. / Del Boca, Daniela; Flinn, Christopher; Wiswall, Matthew.

In: Economic Journal, Vol. 126, No. 596, 01.10.2016, p. F136-F183.

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Del Boca, D, Flinn, C & Wiswall, M 2016, 'Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development', Economic Journal, vol. 126, no. 596, pp. F136-F183. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12340
Del Boca, Daniela ; Flinn, Christopher ; Wiswall, Matthew. / Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development. In: Economic Journal. 2016 ; Vol. 126, No. 596. pp. F136-F183.
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