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Susan Parker, School of Public Policy

Are Enrollment Gains From Conditional Cash Transfers Sustained After Program Rollback? Evidence From Mexico
When Jan 29, 2024
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where In Person - 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Mexico’s pioneering conditional cash program Prospera provided transfers linked to school enrollment and preventive health visits to the population in extreme poverty, and was well known for its success in raising education and health among its beneficiary youth, inspiring numerous similar programs around the world. We study a unique natural experiment, the sudden and unexpected rollback of this prominent program in early 2019, on school enrollment following rollback. We merge administrative information on Prospera receipt at the time of rollback to the National Survey of Occupation and Employment (ENOE), comparing enrollment before and after rollback across municipalities with different enrollment intensities.  Our results suggest large and immediate negative effects of the rollback on school enrollment, concentrated on boys at the secondary school level.  The size of these effects appears to be as large as the initial positive effects on school enrollment observed when the program began.

About the Speaker

Susan Parker

Susan W. Parker is a professor in the School of Public Policy. Previously, she was a 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.

Seminar Format

Location IN PERSON: 1101 Morrill Hall.  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please use this link to RSVP.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Zoom Registration Link. Upon registration, you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Fall 2023 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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