Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96810
Authors: 
Buser, Thomas
Oosterbeek, Hessel
Plug, Erik J. S.
Ponce, Juan
Rosero, José
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8130
Abstract: 
We estimate the impact of changes in unearned income on the height and weight of young children in a developing country. As source of variation we use changes in the eligibility criteria for receipt of an unconditional cash transfer in Ecuador. Two years after families lost the transfer, which they had received for seven years, their young children weigh less, and are shorter and more likely to be stunted than young children in families that kept the cash transfer. We find no effect on young children's height and weight two years after gaining the cash transfer. Information on household expenditures suggests that a reduction of food expenditures by households that lost the transfer is the main mechanism behind this finding.
Subjects: 
cash transfers
health outcomes
developing country
poverty reduction
JEL: 
I14
H51
C31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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