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Seminar Series: Carolyn Heinrich, Department of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Stopped in the Name of the Law: Administrative Burden and Its Implications for Cash Transfer Program Effectiveness
When Sep 17, 2014
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Christine Bachrach
Seth Gitter
Reid Hamel
Judy Hellerstein
Jonathan Jackson
Jean McGloin
Tyler Myroniuk
Michael Rendall
Stephanie Rennane
Rachel Shattuck
Leslie Turner
Abhijit Visaria
Yeats Ye
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About the Talk

Cash transfer programs have achieved wide-ranging success in reducing poverty. Yet the empirical literature has overlooked how program rules, administrative capacity and implementation may moderate impacts or limit cash transfer program effectiveness. We examine administrative burden and its implications for access to and the impacts of cash transfers, drawing on an evaluation of the South African Child Support Grant (CSG) program. Over time, the age of eligibility for the CSG and application requirements changed and affected transaction burdens and barriers to grant receipt. Using detailed measures of grant receipt, we assess the implications of cash transfer interruptions and disconnections for outcomes that are critical in adolescence. We find that approximately 60 percent of the children in our sample experienced an interruption or disconnection in cash transfer receipt, and that both timing and “dosage” loss have significant implications for youth engagement in some of the most risky behaviors.

About the Speaker

Carolyn Heinrick

Carolyn J. Heinrich (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, affiliated Professor of Economics, and the Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Heinrich’s research focuses on social welfare policy, workforce development, education, econometric methods for social program evaluation, and public management and performance management. She is currently engaged in research and evaluation work to improve education and training outcomes; research on labor market intermediaries and labor market outcomes for low-skilled and disadvantaged workers; extended learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth; healthcare systems transformation and their implications for the disadvantaged, and poverty reduction programs. She regularly consults and collaborates with government and nongovernmental organizations (including the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UNICEF and others) on program evaluations and in improving program and policy design and program effectiveness. In 2004, Heinrich received the David N. Kershaw Award for distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management by a person under age 40, and in 2010, she and was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration. Prior to her appointment at the University of Texas in July 2011, she was the Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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