The Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers on Nutrition: The South African Child Support Grant

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dc.contributor.author Aguero, Jorge en_US
dc.contributor.author Carter, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.author Woolard, Ingrid en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-03T12:05:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-03T12:05:43Z
dc.date.issued 2006-10 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/46
dc.description.abstract Cash transfer programs are used as new policies to increase nutrition and human capital of children from poor families. We evaluate South Africa's unconditional Child Support Grant (CSG) in which cash grants are made to families with no strings attached. However, in contrast to the market-generated income increases that identified low nutritional elasticities in earlier studies, the income increases generated by the South African cash transfers are almost exclusively assigned to women. Taking advantage of a slow program roll-out that created exogenous variation in the extent of CSGtreatment received by beneficiaries, we utilizes recent methods on continuous treatment to estimate the impact of these transfers on child nutrition. Large dosages of CSG treatment early in life are shown to significantly boost child's nutrition. Additionally, our calculations suggest that discounted rate of return on CSG payments is between a 160% and 230%. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship DFiD and USAID
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.subject South Africa
dc.subject Nutrition
dc.subject Cash transfers
dc.subject Continuous treatment estimator
dc.subject Child support grant
dc.title The Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers on Nutrition: The South African Child Support Grant en_US


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