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Title:Bullet Proof? Program Evaluation in Conflict Areas: Evidence from Rural Colombia PDF Logo
Authors:Wald, Nina
Bozzoli, Carlos
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 80
Abstract:Recently, Conditional Cash Transfer Programs (CCT) became increasingly popular in developing countries due to their positive outcomes on health and education. In this paper, we are particularly interested in testing if children participating in CCT (treated) in conflict affected regions benefit more (or less) than their counterparts in peaceful areas. To test this, we combine longitudinal CCT data from Colombia with a conflict event dataset. This allows us to use standard techniques in treatment evaluation, but it augments the testing equations by adding interactions between dummies identifying different groups and indicators of violence. We find that the CCT program had an extra benefit in conflict areas concerning enrolment. However, grade progression is similar for treated children in low and high conflict regions. Results suggest that the program may work in attracting children to school, but in high conflict regions children tend to do less homework and miss more days in school.
Subjects:Conditional Cash Transfer Program
Education
Conflict
Colombia
Panel Data
Treatment Effects
JEL:C23
D74
I21
I38
O54
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, 2011 (Berlin)

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