Cash or Food Security through the Public Distribution System? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Delhi, India

35 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2012

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Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

India Development Foundation; University of Gothenburg; University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, Students; Indian School of Public Policy

Robert Lensink

University of Groningen - Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance; Wageningen UR - Development Economics Group

Bhupesh Yadav

Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi - India Development Foundation

Date Written: October 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper examines a randomized intervention in Delhi, India, that provided unconditional cash transfer to a group of households as a replacement for food security by means of a below poverty line card. A special feature of our study is that our experiment allows to differentiate between beneficial effects due to unconditional cash transfers and the opening of bank accounts. We find that the unconditional cash transfer does not lead to a decline in food security, but provides opportunities for households to shift to other nutritious options in the non-cereal segment.

Keywords: cash transfers, randomised controlled trial, food security, Asia, India

JEL Classification: C93, I32, O16, O17

Suggested Citation

Gangopadhyay, Shubhashis and Lensink, Robert and Yadav, Bhupesh, Cash or Food Security through the Public Distribution System? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Delhi, India (October 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2186408 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2186408

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

India Development Foundation ( email )

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University of Gothenburg

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Sweden

University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, Students

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Indian School of Public Policy

Delhi
India

Robert Lensink (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance ( email )

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Bhupesh Yadav

Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi - India Development Foundation ( email )

IDF, F-5, Kailash Colony
New Delhi, 110065
India

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