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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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Does money buy happiness? Evidence from an unconditional cash transfer in Zambia

Luisa Natali, Sudhanshu Handa, Amber Peterman, David Seidenfeld, Gelson Tembo
SSM - Population Health, 2018

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Poverty, Disputes and Access to Justice in Conflict Affected Areas of Indonesia

Jose Cuesta, E. Skoufias, L. Madrigal
Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 2018, vol. 21 (1), pp. 21-38.

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Tackling Income Inequality: What Works and Why?

Jose Cuesta, Mario Negre, Ana Revenga, Maika Schmidt
Journal of Income Distribution, 2018, vol. 26 (1)

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Measuring Multidimensional Child Poverty in the Era of the Sustainable Development Goals

Yekaterina Chzhen, David Gordon, Sudhanshu Handa
Child Indicators Research, August 2017, pp. 1-3.

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Multidimensional Child Poverty in three Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lucia Ferrone, Marlous de Milliano
Child Indicators Research, August 2017, pp. 1-27.

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Multidimensional Poverty Among Adolescents in 38 Countries: Evidence from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) 2013/14 Study

Yekaterina Chzhen, Zlata Bruckauf, Emilia Toczydlowska, Frank Elgar, Conception Moreno-Maldonado, Gonneke W.J.M. Stevens, Dagmar Sigmudova, Geneviève Gariépy
Child Indicator Research, August 2017, pp. 1-25.

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Women’s economic capacity and children’s human capital accumulation

Jacobus De Hoop, Patrick Premand, Furio Rosati, Renos Vakis
Journal of Population Economics, July 2017

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Cash Transfers and Child Nutrition: Pathways and Impacts

Richard de Groot, Tia Palermo, Sudhanshu Handa, Luigi Peter Ragno, Amber Peterman
Development Policy Review, April 2017

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