Time Discounting and Credit Market Access in a Large-Scale Cash Transfer Programme

Handa, Sudhanshu; Martorano, Bruno; Halpern, Carolyn Tucker; Pettifor, Audrey E.; & Thirumurthy, Harsha. (2016). Time Discounting and Credit Market Access in a Large-Scale Cash Transfer Programme. Journal of African Economies, 25(3), 367-87. PMCID: PMC5331518

Handa, Sudhanshu; Martorano, Bruno; Halpern, Carolyn Tucker; Pettifor, Audrey E.; & Thirumurthy, Harsha. (2016). Time Discounting and Credit Market Access in a Large-Scale Cash Transfer Programme. Journal of African Economies, 25(3), 367-87. PMCID: PMC5331518

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Time discounting is thought to influence decision-making in almost every sphere of life, including personal finances, diet, exercise and sexual behaviour. In this article, we provide evidence on whether a national poverty alleviation programme in Kenya can affect inter-temporal decisions. We administered a preferences module as part of a large-scale impact evaluation of the Kenyan Government's Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Four years into the programme, we find that individuals in the treatment group are only marginally more likely to wait for future money, due in part to the erosion of the value of the transfer by inflation. However, among the poorest households for whom the value of transfer is still relatively large we find significant programme effects on the propensity to wait. We also find strong programme effects among those who have access to credit markets though the programme itself does not improve access to credit.




JOUR



Handa, Sudhanshu
Martorano, Bruno
Halpern, Carolyn Tucker
Pettifor, Audrey E.
Thirumurthy, Harsha



2016


Journal of African Economies

25

3

367-87








PMC5331518


9774

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