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AUTHOR(S)

Sudhanshu Handa, Luisa Natali, David Seidenfeld, Gelson Tembo, Benjamin Davis

DETAIL(S)

Journal of Development Economics, July 2018, vol. 133, pp. 42-65.

ABSTRACT

In Africa, state-sponsored cash transfer programs now reach nearly 50 million people. Do these programs raise long-term living standards? We examine this question using experimental data from two unconditional cash transfer programs implemented by the Zambian Government. We find far-reaching effects of the programs both on food security and consumption as well as on a range of productive outcomes. After three years, household spending is on average 67 percent larger than the value of the transfer received, implying a sizeable multiplier effect, which works through increased non-farm activity and agricultural production.
LANGUAGE:
English
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LIBRARY RECORD

JOURNAL TITLEJournal of Development Economics
YEAR2018
VOLUME133
PAGE(S)42-65
SOURCEVIEW ARTICLE
GEO DESCRIPTORSZambia
RESEARCH PROJECT(S) Cash transfers project
PEER REVIEWEDYES