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dc.contributor.authorCunha, Jesse M.
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-02T20:04:49Z
dc.date.available2018-08-02T20:04:49Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationCunha, Jesse M. "Testing paternalism: Cash versus in-kind transfers." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 6.2 (2014): 195-230.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/59366
dc.descriptionThe article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/app.6.2.195
dc.description.abstractWelfare programs are often implemented in-kind to promote out- comes that might not be realized under cash transfers. This paper tests whether such paternalistically motivated transfers are justi ed compared to cash, using a randomized controlled trial of Mexico’s food assistance program. In relation to total food consumption, the in-kind transfer was infra-marginal and nondistorting. However, the transfer contained ten food items, and there was large variation in the extent to which individual foods were extra-marginal and distort- ing. Small differences in the nutritional intake of women and chil- dren under in-kind transfers did not lead to meaningful differential improvements in health outcomes compared to cash.
dc.publisherAmerican Economic Association
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleTesting Paternalism: Cash versus In-Kind Transfersen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentBusiness & Public Policy (GSBPP)


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