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More Evidence on the Relationship between Cash Transfers and Child Height

Citation

Chakrabarti, Averi; Handa, Sudhanshu; Natali, Luisa; Seidenfeld, David; Tembo, Gelson; & the Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation (2020). More Evidence on the Relationship between Cash Transfers and Child Height. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 12(1), 14-37.

Abstract

We examine the effect of the Zambia Child Grant Programme - an unconditional cash transfer (CT) targeted to rural households with children under age five - on height-for-age up to four years after programme initiation. The CT scheme had large positive effects on nutritional inputs like food expenditure and meal frequency, but no impact on child height-for-age. Production function estimates indicate that food carries little weight in the production of child height in the study sample. In settings with poor health infrastructure and harsh disease environments, a stand-alone CT is unlikely to address long-term chronic malnutrition unless accompanied by complementary interventions.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19439342.2020.1731568

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Development Effectiveness

Author(s)

Chakrabarti, Averi
Handa, Sudhanshu
Natali, Luisa
Seidenfeld, David
Tembo, Gelson
the Zambia Cash Transfer Evaluation

Year Published

2020

Volume Number

12

Issue Number

1

Pages

14-37

Reference ID

12701