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CGD Invited Research Forum

How Do Cash Transfers Affect Who Calls the Shots in African Households? Evidence from Two Experiments

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Presenter

Kate Ambler, International Food Policy Research Institute

Discussant

Susan Parker, University of Maryland 

Host

Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development

In a recent paper, Kate Ambler and coauthors studied the impact of one-season cash transfers for agricultural investment in Senegal and Malawi, using data from a randomized control trial (RCT) in each country. They found evidence that transfers reduced both the number of decision makers and female decision making in Senegal in the short-run, particularly for measures directly related to agriculture. However, the effects disappeared two years after the transfers. Conversely, the authors find transfers in the Malawi program led to robust transitory increases in these measures, seeing a greater impact related to the number of decision makers in the household persisting after two year period. Join us for the latest CGD Invited Research Forum to discuss these opposing findings on the effects of cash transfers on household decision making.

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Co-Director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy and Senior Fellow

Please bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.