Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96305
Authors: 
von Jacobi, Nadia
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/049
Abstract: 
Local institutional and structural (meso) factors can play a role in mediating the returns to a macro-social policy. I focus on the Brazilian cash-transfer-programme Bolsa Familia and check how contextual features influence the returns to transfers. Building on Amartya Sen's work, I assess the return to the policy in terms of non-monetary achievement indicators in the dimensions of education, health and employment quality. I use the extensive CadÚnico of the Brazilian Ministry for Social Development comprising all beneficiaries of Bolsa Familia, and a meso-level dataset containing information on economic structure, socio-demographic and institutional characteristics of Brazil's 5565 municipalities in a random coefficients (multilevel) model. First results confirm that a number of contextual factors play a role in increasing the conversion of transfers into human development.
Subjects: 
conditional cash transfer
meso
institutions
Amartya Sen
conversion factors
Brazil
JEL: 
I32
I38
D63
O43
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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