CitationPalermo, Tia M.; Handa, Sudhanshu; Peterman, Amber; Prencipe, Leah; & Seidenfeld, David (2016). Unconditional Government Social Cash Transfer in Africa Does Not Increase Fertility. Journal of Population Economics, 29(4), 1083-1111. PMCID: PMC6687336
AbstractAmong policymakers, a common perception surrounding the effects of cash transfer programmes, particularly unconditional programmes targeted to families with children, is that they induce increased fertility. We evaluate the Zambian Child Grant Programme, a government unconditional cash transfer targeted to families with a child under the age of 5 and examine impacts on fertility and household composition. The evaluation was a cluster randomized control trial, with data collected over 4 years from 2010 to 2014. Our results indicate that there are no programme impacts on overall fertility. Our results contribute to a small evidence base demonstrating that there are no unintended incentives related to fertility due to cash transfers.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Population Economics
Author(s)Palermo, Tia M.