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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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The Social and Economic Impacts of Zambia's Child Grant Program

Sudhanshu Handa, D. Seidenfeld, B. David, G. Tembo, Zambia Evaluation Cash Transfer Team
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management , March 2016, vol. 35 (2), pp. 357-387.

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How does a national poverty programme influence sexual debut among Kenyan adolescents?

Sudhanshu Handa, Tia Palermo, Molly Rosenberg, Audrey Pettifor, Carolyn Tucker Halpern, Harsha Thirumurthy
Global Public Health, February 2016, pp. 1-22.

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Income Transfers and Maternal Health: Evidence from a National Randomized Social Cash Transfer Program in Zambia

Sudhanshu Handa, Amber Peterman, D. Seidenfeld, G. Tembo
Health Economics, January 2016, vol. 25 (2), pp. 225-236.

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Effects of a Large-scale Unconditional Cash Transfer Program on Mental Health Outcomes of Young People in Kenya: A cluster randomized trial

Kelly Kilburn, Harsha Thirumurthy, Carolyn Tucker Halpern, Audrey Pettifor, Sudhanshu Handa
Journal of Adolescent Health, 2016, vol. 58 (2), pp. 223-229.

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Is Routine Screening for Intimate Partner Violence Feasible in Public Health Care Settings in Kenya?

C. C. Undie, Mary Catherine Maternowska, M. Mak'anyengo, I. Askew
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2016, vol. 31 (2), pp. 282-301.

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Violence Against Children in the Asia Pacific Region

Michael P. Dunne, Wan Yuen Choo, Bernadette Madrid, Ramya Subrahmanian, Lauren Rumble, Stephen Blight, Mary Catherine Maternowska
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, December 2015, vol. 27 (8)

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Is there catch-up growth? Evidence from three continents

Sudhanshu Handa, Amber Peterman
Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, November 2015, vol. 78 (4), pp. 470-500.

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Impact of the Kenya Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children on Early Pregnancy and Marriage of Adolescent Girls

Sudhanshu Handa, Amber Peterman, C. Huang, C. Halpern, A. Pettifor, H. Thirumurthy
Social Science & Medicine, September 2015, vol. 141, pp. 36-45.

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