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Susan Parker, CIDE (Mexico)

Can conditional transfers reduce poverty of the next generation? Evidence from young adults after 15 years of a Mexican program
When Feb 20, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs over the past two decades have become a central strategy for poverty alleviation in developing countries and now operate in more than 60 countries. Their main innovation consists of conditioning monetary transfers to the poor to their investment in human capital. Yet little evidence exists on their long term impacts and in particular on their intergenerational impacts. Using Census data from 1990 to 2010 matched to administrative records, this paper studies the impacts of the Mexican conditional cash transfer Prospera on the work and income outcomes of young adults who were program recipients as children.

About the Speaker

Susan Parker

Susan W. Parker is Professor of Economics at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. Her research focuses principally on education and health in developing countries and in particular on the evaluation of programs and public policies.  She has particular interest in the areas of conditional cash transfer programs and targeting.  Her current projects include studying the causes and consequences of the rise in obesity in Mexico, the health impacts of public health insurance, and mobile banking in poor populations.  She has recently received funding from JPAL’s Post-Primary Education Initiative to carry out a randomized trial on the effects of teacher training on student achievement in Sonora, Mexico.  She is currently a Research Affiliate at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania and at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). She edits the journal Latin American Economic Review (LAER).

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