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Government of Malawi's unconditional cash transfer improves youth mental health

Government of Malawi's unconditional cash transfer improves youth mental health

Gustavo Angeles, Jacobus De Hoop, Sudhanshu Handa, Kelly Kilburn, Annamaria Milazzo, Amber Peterman
Social Science & Medicine, March 2019, vol. 225, pp. 108-119.

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ABSTRACT

We explore the impacts of Malawi's national unconditional cash transfer program targeting ultra-poor households on youth mental health. Experimental findings show that the program significantly improved mental health outcomes. Among girls in particular, the program reduces indications of depression by about 15 percentage points. We investigate the contribution of different possible pathways to the overall program impact, including education, health, consumption, caregiver's stress levels and life satisfaction, perceived social support, and participation in hard and unpleasant work. The pathways explain from 46 to 65 percent of the program impact, advancing our understanding of how economic interventions can affect mental health of youth in resource-poor settings. The findings underline that unconditional cash grants, which are used on an increasingly large scale as part of national social protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, have the potential to improve youth mental wellbeing and thus may help break the vicious cycle of poverty and poor mental health.

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Government of Malawi's unconditional cash transfer improves youth mental health

Gustavo Angeles, Jacobus De Hoop, Sudhanshu Handa, Kelly Kilburn, Annamaria Milazzo, Amber Peterman
Social Science & Medicine, March 2019, vol. 225, pp. 108-119.

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Risk Factors for Childhood Violence and Polyvictimization: A Cross-Country Analysis from Three Regions

Tia Palermo, Audrey Pereira, Naomi Neijhoft, Ghaji Bello, Robert Buluma, Pierre Diem, Rocio Aznar Daban, Inah Fatoumata Kaloga, Aminul Islam, They Kheam, Birgithe Lund-Henriksenj, Nankali Maksudk, Mary Catherine Maternowska, Alina Potts, Chivith Rottanak, Chea Samnangm, Mary Shawan, Miho Yoshikawa, Amber Peterman
Child Abuse and Neglect, February 2019, vol. 88, pp. 348-361.

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Exploring Impacts of Community-Based Legal Aid on Intrahousehold Gender Relations in Tanzania

Valerie Mueller, Amber Peterman, Lucy Billings, Ayala Wineman
Feminist Economics, January 2019

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Income transfers, early marriage and fertility in Malawi and Zambia

Fidelia Dake, Luisa Natali, G. Angeles, Jacobus De Hoop, Sudhanshu Handa, Amber Peterman
Studies in Family Planning, November 2018

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Effects of Public Policy on Child Labor: Current Knowledge, Gaps, and Implications for Program Design

Ana C. Dammert, Jacobus De Hoop, Eric Mvukiyehe, Furio Camillo Rosati
World Development, October 2018, vol. 110, pp. 104-123.

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Mythbusting: confronting six common perceptions about cash transfer programs in sub-Saharan Africa

Sudhanshu Handa, Silvio Daidone, Amber Peterman, Benjamin Davis, Audrey Pereira, Tia Palermo, Jennifer Yablonski
World Bank Research Observer , October 2018, vol. 33 (2), pp. 259-298.

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A mixed-method review of Intimate partner violence and cash transfers in low- and middle-income countries

A.M. Buller, Amber Peterman, M. Raganathan, A. Bleile, M. Hidrobo, L. Heise
World Bank Research Observer , September 2018, vol. 33 (2), pp. 218-258.

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WASH and Nutrition Synergies: The Case of Tunisia

Jose Cuesta, L. Maratou-Kolias
Journal of Development Studies, Published online on 19 September 2018, September 2018

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