Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/87483
Authors: 
Rosero, Jose
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 12-074/3
Abstract: 
This paper examines the effect of a housing assistance program on school enrollment, child labor and poverty reduction among poor families in Ecuador. Administrative data is merged to a household panel to link the history of a voucher application with socioeconomic information. Two empirical approaches are employed. First, I exploit variation in duration of the different stages to obtain a voucher and convert it into a house, using a sample of approved applicants. Second, I use variation across siblings that arises from the fact that siblings are exposed to the program at different ages. Results show that the program improves enrollment into post-compulsory education, decreases the probability that a child participates in the labor market and reduces the likelihood to live in poverty. Potential mediating factors are increased access to sanitation, better quality materials of the house and a reduced probability to live overcrowded.
Subjects: 
Housing assistance programs
Housing voucher
Children
Fixed Effects
Within family estimators
Developing country
Ecuador
JEL: 
H53
I28
I38
R21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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