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Cash is Queen - Impacts of conditional cash transfers on women’s empowerment

Hedman, Linn LU and Leandersson, Clara LU (2017) NEKN01 20171
Department of Economics
Abstract
This thesis investigates the causal effects of the Peruvian conditional cash transfer (CCT)
program, Juntos, on women’s empowerment defined along the psychological and familial
dimensions. Usually, the main goal of CCTs is to reduce poverty. Women are key actors in
the fulfillment of conditions and recipients of the transfer, and can thus also be affected by
the program in terms of empowerment. This analysis is performed using data from three
rounds of the Young Lives Study (YLS) between the years of 2006 and 2013. We estimate
the effects by combining a Difference-in-Difference (DD) approach and the Propensity
Score Matching (PSM) with Nearest Neighbor Matching (NNM). We look at the
psychological dimension in terms of four aspects... (More)
This thesis investigates the causal effects of the Peruvian conditional cash transfer (CCT)
program, Juntos, on women’s empowerment defined along the psychological and familial
dimensions. Usually, the main goal of CCTs is to reduce poverty. Women are key actors in
the fulfillment of conditions and recipients of the transfer, and can thus also be affected by
the program in terms of empowerment. This analysis is performed using data from three
rounds of the Young Lives Study (YLS) between the years of 2006 and 2013. We estimate
the effects by combining a Difference-in-Difference (DD) approach and the Propensity
Score Matching (PSM) with Nearest Neighbor Matching (NNM). We look at the
psychological dimension in terms of four aspects and construct the following outcome
variables; self-esteem, self-efficacy, outlook on future and value to others. We also
investigate the potential effect of the program on domestic violence. We find an increase in
self-esteem and a reduction in domestic violence as a result of Juntos. We find some
significant positive results for the remaining outcome variables but the findings are not
robust. The results hold using the Inverse Probability of Treatment Weighting (IPTW) as an
alternative way of matching. (Less)
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author
Hedman, Linn LU and Leandersson, Clara LU
supervisor
organization
course
NEKN01 20171
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Conditional Cash Transfers, Women’s Empowerment, Peru, Propensity Score Matching, Difference-in-Differences
language
English
id
8924587
date added to LUP
2017-09-12 11:54:10
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2017-09-12 11:54:10
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  abstract     = {This thesis investigates the causal effects of the Peruvian conditional cash transfer (CCT)
program, Juntos, on women’s empowerment defined along the psychological and familial
dimensions. Usually, the main goal of CCTs is to reduce poverty. Women are key actors in
the fulfillment of conditions and recipients of the transfer, and can thus also be affected by
the program in terms of empowerment. This analysis is performed using data from three
rounds of the Young Lives Study (YLS) between the years of 2006 and 2013. We estimate
the effects by combining a Difference-in-Difference (DD) approach and the Propensity
Score Matching (PSM) with Nearest Neighbor Matching (NNM). We look at the
psychological dimension in terms of four aspects and construct the following outcome
variables; self-esteem, self-efficacy, outlook on future and value to others. We also
investigate the potential effect of the program on domestic violence. We find an increase in
self-esteem and a reduction in domestic violence as a result of Juntos. We find some
significant positive results for the remaining outcome variables but the findings are not
robust. The results hold using the Inverse Probability of Treatment Weighting (IPTW) as an
alternative way of matching.},
  author       = {Hedman, Linn and Leandersson, Clara},
  keyword      = {Conditional Cash Transfers,Women’s Empowerment,Peru,Propensity Score Matching,Difference-in-Differences},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Cash is Queen - Impacts of conditional cash transfers on women’s empowerment},
  year         = {2017},
}