From Social Assistance to Social Development: Education Subsidies in Developing Countries

From Social Assistance to Social Development: Education Subsidies in Developing Countries

by Samuel A. Morley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0881323578

ISBN-13: 9780881323573

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Peterson Institute for International Economics

In this study, authors Samuel Morley and David Coady demonstrate how a promising new alternative to standard donor-financed education programs -- the conditioned transfer for education (CTE) program -- can advance both poverty reduction and education goals at the same time. CTE programs meet the immediate needs of the poorest families by providing cash or food, but

Overview

In this study, authors Samuel Morley and David Coady demonstrate how a promising new alternative to standard donor-financed education programs -- the conditioned transfer for education (CTE) program -- can advance both poverty reduction and education goals at the same time. CTE programs meet the immediate needs of the poorest families by providing cash or food, but only on the condition that they keep their children in school. These transfers reduce poverty in the short run, and the additional education of the children of poor families breaks the long-run cycle of poverty by increasing their earning potential. The book compiles a vast amount of unpublished and published material on existing CTE programs and their impact on poverty. Groundbreaking case studies and detailed evaluations of programs in Mexico, Brazil, Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Chile add up to an unusual and surprising success story for skeptics of development and foreign aid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881323573
Publisher:
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1Introduction1
The Role of Social Safety Nets2
Organization of This Book8
2Poverty and Education in Developing Countries9
Poverty in Developing Countries9
Education in Developing Countries13
3Program Design19
Program Size20
Targeting21
Benefit Structure28
Costing CTE Programs30
4Impact of CTE Programs on Educational Outcomes35
Educational Impact of Progresa in Mexico37
Educational Impact of RPS in Nicaragua40
Educational Impact of FFE in Bangladesh42
Educational Impact of Bolsa Escola in Brazil44
Are CTEs Cost Effective?45
5Impact of CTE Programs on Poverty49
Transfer Levels49
Program Size Relative to the Poverty Gap51
Targeting Performance54
Measuring Impact58
Country Results60
6Comparative Performance67
Calculating Net Direct Benefits to the Poor from CTE Programs67
Current and Future Earnings Benefits Combined70
CTE Programs and Targeted Employment Programs: A Comparision76
Eligibility, Benefits, and the Trade-off Between More Education and Less Poverty78
7Cash for Education and the Search for More Effective Methods of Aid Delivery85
Education86
Poverty87
The Block Grant Approach88
CTEs and Permanent Safety Nets89
The Cost of Extending CTE Programs91
8Conclusions and Issues for the Future97
Review of the Evidence on Current Programs97
Advantages of CTE-Type Programs99
Issues for the Future100
AppendixProgram Descriptions105
References125
Index129

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