The effect of gender-targeted conditional cash transfers on household expenditures: evidence from a randomized experiment

Alex Armand, Orazio Attanasio, Pedro Carneiro, Valérie Lechene

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Abstract

This article studies the differential effect of targeting cash transfers to men or women on household expenditure on non-durables. We study a policy intervention in the Republic of North Macedonia that offers cash transfers to poor households, conditional on having their children attending secondary school. The recipient is randomised across municipalities, with payments targeted to either the mother or the father of the child. Targeting transfers to women increases the expenditure share on food by 4 to 5 percentage points. At low levels of food expenditure, there is a shift towards a more nutritious diet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1875-1897
Number of pages23
JournalEconomic Journal
Volume130
Issue number631
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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