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Title:An evaluation of alternative transfer designs for the Nicaraguan Red de Protecciòn Social
Author(s):Meyer, Jennifer A.
Advisor(s):Arends-Kuenning, Mary P.
Department / Program:Agr & Consumer Economics
Discipline:Agricultural & Applied Econ
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Conditional cash transfers
Red de Proteccion Social
Impact Evaluation
Abstract:This paper applies a micro-simulation method to evaluate the effects of the transfer design of a conditional cash transfer program in Nicaragua for households with two eligible children. The paper then exploits evidence from the experimental implementation of the Red de Protección program to validate its behavioral model and method simulation. After validating its methods, the paper simulates alternative program designs. The simulation of alternative programs suggests that delivering benefits on a per-child basis or unconditionally will lower attendance rates relative to the original RPS program, which delivered its benefits at the household level. The paper concludes by discussing possible mechanisms driving the simulated results and the contributions and limitations of ex-ante evaluation methods.
Issue Date:2011-05-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Jennifer A. Meyer
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-25
Date Deposited:2011-05

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