Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/173948
Authors: 
Armand, Alex
Attanasio, Orazio
Carneiro, Pedro M.
Lechene, Valérie
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IFS Working Papers W16/14
Abstract: 
This paper studies the differential effect of targeting cash transfers to men or women on the structure of household expenditures on non-durables. We study a policy intervention in the Republic of Macedonia, offering cash transfers to poor households, conditional on having their children attending secondary school. The recipient of the transfer is randomized across municipalities to be either the household head or the mother. Using data collected to evaluate the conditional cash transfer program, we show that the gender of the recipient has an effect on the structure of expenditure shares. Targeting transfers to women increases the expenditure share on food by about 4 to 5%. To study the allocation of expenditures within the food basket, we estimate a demand system for food and we find that targeting payments to mothers induces, for different food categories, not only a significant intercept shift, but also a change in the slope of the Engel curve.
Subjects: 
CCT
intra-household
gender
expenditure
JEL: 
D12
D13
E21
O12
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Document Type: 
Working Paper
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