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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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Impact of cash transfer programs on food security and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa: A cross-country analysis

Smriti Tiwaria, Silvio Daidone, Maria Angelita Ruvalcaba, Ervin Prifti, Sudhanshu Handa, Benjamin Davis, Ousmane Niang, Luca Pellerano, Paul Quarles van Ufford, David Seidenfeld
Global Food Security, December 2016, vol. 11, pp. 72-83.

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Social networks, social participation, and health among youth living in extreme poverty in rural Malawi

Amelia Rock, Clare Barrington, Sara Abdoulayi, Maxton Tsoka, Peter Mvula, Sudhanshu Handa
Social Science & Medicine, December 2016, vol. 170, pp. 55-62.

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Physical, Emotional and Sexual Adolescent Abuse Victimisation in South Africa: Prevalence, incidence, perpetrators and locations

F. Meinck, F. Cluver, M. Boyes, Heidi Loening-Voysey
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, October 2016, vol. 70 (9), pp. 910-916.

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Unconditional government social cash transfer in Africa does not increase fertility

Tia Palermo, Sudhanshu Handa, Amber Peterman, Leah Prencipe, David Seidenfeld
Journal of Population Economics, October 2016, vol. 29 (4), pp. 1083-1111.

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The impact of Zambia’s unconditional child grant on schooling and work: results from a large-scale social experiment

Sudhanshu Handa, Luisa Natali, David Seidenfeld, Gelson Tembo
Journal of Development Effectiveness, July 2016, vol. 8, pp. 346-367.

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Child Poverty in the European Union: the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis Approach (EU-MODA)

Yekaterina Chzhen, Chris De Neubourg, Ilze Plavgo, Marlous de Milliano
Child Indicators Research, June 2016, vol. 9 (2), pp. 335-356.

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Time Discounting and Credit Market Access in a Large-Scale Cash Transfer Programme

Sudhanshu Handa, Bruno Martorano, Carolyn T. Halpern, Harsha Thirumurthy, Audrey Pettifor
Journal of African Economies, June 2016, vol. 25 (3), pp. 367-387.

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