Long Term Effects of Cash Transfer Programs in Colombia

17 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2021 Last revised: 22 Nov 2021

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Orazio Attanasio

Yale University

Lina Cardona Sosa

World Bank

Carlos Medina

Central Bank of Colombia

Costas Meghir

Yale University; Yale University - Cowles Foundation; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Christian Manuel Posso-Suárez

Central Bank of Colombia

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Date Written: July 2021

Abstract

Conditional Cash transfer (CCT) programs have been shown to have positive effects on a variety of outcomes including education, consumption and health visits, amongst others. We estimate the long-run impacts of the urban version of Familias en Acción, the Colombian CCT program on crime, teenage pregnancy, high school dropout and college enrollment using a Regression Discontinuity design on administrative data. ITT estimates show a reduction on arrest rates of 2.7pp for men and a reduction on teenage pregnancy of 2.3pp for women. High school dropout rates were reduced by 5.8pp and college enrollment was increased by 1.7pp for men.

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Suggested Citation

Attanasio, Orazio and Cardona Sosa, Lina and Medina, Carlos and Meghir, Costas and Posso-Suárez, Christian Manuel, Long Term Effects of Cash Transfer Programs in Colombia (July 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w29056, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3893337

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