What Difference Does A Year Make? The Cumulative Effect of Missing Cash Transfers on Schooling Attainment

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dc.contributor.author Eyal, Katherine
dc.contributor.author Njozela, Lindokuhle
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-19T13:04:30Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-19T13:04:30Z
dc.date.issued 2016-08
dc.identifier.citation Eyal, K., Njozela, L. (2016). What difference does a year make? The cumulative effect of missing cash transfers on schooling attainment. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town. SALDRU Working Paper Number 186/ NIDS Discussion Paper 2016/13.
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-47-4
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/844
dc.description.abstract South Africa's largest poverty alleviation tool, the child support grant, has benefited more than 12 million children, with many positive outcomes. However the implementation was not perfect ‐ the means test threshold was left unadjusted for ten years, requiring a more than one hundred percent adjustment when the government finally saw fit to change the threshold in 2008. In the interim, very many children missed out on the benefits of the grant. Using exogenous changes to the age and income threshold values, this paper estimates the cumulative impact of missing grant receipt. We find that a South African child born in 1994 missed out on a year's worth of schooling compared to those born just one year later. The costs were not limited only to schooling attainment; increasing the means test threshold and rates of receipt appears to have improved maternal mental health. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Katherine Eyal: School of Economics, University of Cape Town. Lindokuhle Njozela: School of Economics, University of Cape Town. All correspondence to katherine.eyal@uct.ac.za. Acknowledgements: Funding for this research from the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation is gratefully acknowledged. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Papers;186
dc.subject cash transfers en_US
dc.subject cumulative effect en_US
dc.subject human capital en_US
dc.subject maternal mental health en_US
dc.title What Difference Does A Year Make? The Cumulative Effect of Missing Cash Transfers on Schooling Attainment en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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