Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/195376
Authors: 
Blattman, Christopher
Fiala, Nathan
Martinez, Sebastian
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Ruhr Economic Papers 802
Abstract: 
In 2008, Uganda granted hundreds of small groups $400/person to help members start individual skilled trades. Four years on, an experimental evaluation found grants raised earnings by 38% (Blattman, Fiala, Martinez 2014). We return after 9 years to find these start-up grants raised earnings and consumption temporarily only. Grantees' investment leveled off; controls eventually increased their incomes through business and casual labor; and so both groups converged in employment, earnings, and consumption. Grants had lasting impacts on assets, skilled work, and possibly child health, but had little effect on mortality, fertility, health or education.
Subjects: 
employment
poverty
entrepreneurship
cash transfers
occupational choice
Uganda
field experiment
labor market programs
health
education
JEL: 
J24
O12
D13
C93
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ISBN: 
978-3-86788-930-8
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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