Health spillover effects of a conditional cash transfer program
AuthorContreras Suarez, D; Maitra, P
Source TitleJournal of Population Economics
University of Melbourne Author/sContreras Suarez, Diana
AffiliationMelbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsContreras Suarez, D. & Maitra, P. (2021). Health spillover effects of a conditional cash transfer program. Journal of Population Economics, 34 (3), pp.893-928. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00148-020-00809-y.
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We use data from the Familias en Acción program in Colombia to examine the spillover or indirect effects of a conditional cash transfer program. Our results show that the program has significant spillover effects: it leads to an improvement in the health of non-targeted individuals in treatment households in terms of both incidence and severity of illness. The benefits are stronger for women and the elderly in the short run and for men in the medium run. Our analysis suggests that these spillovers are driven by increased access to information in the household that creates a public good.
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