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Innocenti experts produce high quality research that is frequently published in international peer reviewed journals. The themes of publications featured here reflect the entire spectrum of issues shaping global policies and outcomes for children.

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

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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ABSTRACT

Household decisions about child labor are influenced by income, uncertainty, and relative returns to work and education. The complexity of the phenomenon implies that a large set of policy instruments can be used to address child labor or can affect child labor. This review of 33 impact evaluations provides a comprehensive look at pathways through which social protection (credit and microfinance, cash transfers, vouchers, food programs), and labor programs affect child labor. Despite the complexity of integrating findings across different child labor definitions, implementation contexts, and policy instruments, some patterns emerge. For example, programs that address child labor by reducing the vulnerability of the household produce the desired effect. Transfers reduced child labor in most cases. Similarly, programs that help the household cope with exposure to risk, for example, health insurance, reduce household reliance on child labor. On the other hand, policies aimed at increasing adult household members’ participation in the labor market or entrepreneurial activities, can generate demand for adolescent and child work. Of course, such programs are an important component of anti-poverty strategies, but they could be modified and integrated with additional interventions to ensure that they do not produce adverse effects on child labor. While progress has been made over the past decade, there is still much to learn about the effects of public policy on the labor participation of many children in developing countries

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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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Investments in children’s health and the Kenyan cash transfer for orphans and vulnerable children: evidence from an unconditional cash transfer scheme

Carolyn Huang, Kavita Singh, Sudhanshu Handa, Carolyn Halpern, Audrey Pettifor, Harsha Thirumurthy
Health Policy and Plannning, April 2017

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Cash for Women’s Empowerment? A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Government of Zambia’s Child Grant Program

Juan Bonilla, Rosa Castro Zarzur, Sudhanshu Handa, Claire Nowlin, Amber Peterman, Hannah Ring, David Seidenfeld
World Development, March 2017

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Poverty and perceived stress: Evidence from two unconditional cash transfer programs in Zambia

Jacobus De Hoop, Tia Palermo, Lisa Hjelm, Sudhanshu Handa
Social Science & Medicine, March 2017, vol. 177, pp. 110-117.

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Children as Internet users: how can evidence better inform policy debate?

Jasmina Byrne, Patrick Burton
Journal of Cyber policy, February 2017, pp. 1-14.

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Women’s Individual Asset Ownership and Experience of Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence From 28 International Surveys

Amber Peterman, Audrey Pereira, Jennifer Bleck, Tia Palermo, Kathryn M. Yount
American Journal of Public Health, 2017, vol. 107 (5), pp. 747-755.

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