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Social Cash Transfers and Household Welfare: Evidence from Zambia's Oldest Scheme

  • Social cash transfers (SCTs) are considered a priority in least-developed countries, where the gap between the need for basic social protection and existing provisions is greatest. This study represents one of the first comprehensive treatments of the impact of social cash transfers in low-income sub-Saharan Africa, and the first for Zambia's oldest SCT scheme. The results, based on propensity score matching and fully efficient odds-weighted regression, and data from the Kalomo SCT pilot scheme, confirm positive SCT effects on per capita consumption expenditure. We also discover threshold effects with SCT mostly impacting food expenditure among poorer beneficiary households and non-food expenditure among wealthier beneficiaries.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Gelson Tembo, Nicholas Freeland, Bernadette Chimai, Esther Schüring
Parent Title (English):Applied Economics and Finance
Number of pages:14
First Page:13
Last Page:26
Publisher:Redfame Publishing
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2014/02/22
Copyright:This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Keyword:Social cash transfers; consumption expenditure; impact; odds-weighted regression; propensity score matching
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Sozialpolitik und Soziale Sicherung
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 303 Gesellschaftliche Prozesse
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Entry in this database:2020/08/13
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 3.0