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Serie Documentos de Trabajo No. 775
Universidad del Centro de Estudios Macroeconómicos de Argentina (UCEMA), Buenos Aires
This paper intends to illustrate theoretical bases for positive factors as well as major problems associated with UCT and CCT programs. It is important to highlight that there is diverse empirical evidence regarding support schemes and their effects on schooling, health and nutrition. However, literature regarding the allocation of child benefit transfers between household members is rather limited. This paper provides a theoretical explanation of how conventional child benefit programs may have transmission problems, which may prove to be counterproductive in terms of social welfare. The allocation flaws are evident in the model and are very intuitive, however similar schemes have prevailed in practice. It is unclear to what extent these perceptions are borne out of a concern for children's (or individuals') wellbeing or are guided by political interests. For this reason, the last section of the paper offers a different perspective on certain programs, taking into consideration political incentives. The final aim is not necessarily to provide an optimal scheme but instead to draw attention to certain features of child benefit programs under a clear microeconomic scope.
: Child Benefit Programs
Family Economics
Conditional Cash Transfer Programs
Unconditional Cash Transfer Programs
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