Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/88993
Authors: 
Bobba, Matteo
Gignoux, Jeremie
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-278
Abstract: 
This paper considers a conditional cash transfer program targeting poor households in small rural villages and studies the effects of the geographic proximity between villages on individual enrollment decisions. Exploiting variations in the treatment status across contiguous villages generated by the randomized evaluation design, the paper finds that the additional effect stemming from the density of neighboring recipients amounts to roughly one third of the direct effect of program receipt. Importantly, these spatial externalities are concentrated among children from beneficiary house- holds. This suggests that the intervention has enhanced educational aspirations by triggering social interactions among the targeted population.
JEL: 
C9
I2
J2
O2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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