Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/115419
Authors: 
Barham, Tania
Macours, Karen
Maluccio, John A.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-432
Abstract: 
CCT programs have become the anti-poverty program of choice in many developing countries. Numerous evaluations, often based on rigorous experimental designs, leave little doubt that such programs can increase enrollment and grades attained--in the short term. But evidence is notably lacking on whether these short-term gains translate into longer-term educational benefits needed to fully justify these programs. This paper uses the randomized phase-in of the RPS CCT program in Nicaragua to estimate the long-term effects on educational attainment and learning for boys, measured 10 years after the start of the program. We focus on a cohort of boys aged 9-12 years at the start of the program in 2000 who, due to the program's eligibility criteria and prior school dropout patterns, were likely to have benefitted more in the group of localities that were randomly selected to receive the program first. We find that the short-term program effect of a half grade increase in schooling for boys was sustained after the end of the program and into early adulthood. In addition, results indicate significant and substantial gains in both math and language achievement scores, an approximately one-quarter standard deviation increase in learning outcomes for the now young men. Hence in Nicaragua, schooling and achievement gains coincided, implying important longterm returns to CCT programs.
Subjects: 
CCT
education
long-term effects
achievement
JEL: 
I25
I38
I28
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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