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Denni Tommasi, ECARES Print
Friday, 06 October 2017, 12:15 - 13:15

Denni Tommasi, ECARES

Control of Resources and Demand for Food

Abstract: The impacts of cash transfer programs depend crucially on the individual controlling the resources inside the household. Unfortunately this is unobserved due to sharing of goods and measurement difficulties. In the present paper, we show how the control of resources can be inferred from household behaviour and its effects on household demand for food be estimated. Exploiting random assignment of the Mexican PROGRESA program as an instrument for control, we show that mothers having primary access to household resources increase the demand for food by a large amount. Misspecification and misclassification errors of the estimated treatment indicator are shown to be important and accounted for by the estimation strategy.

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