Why Do Beneficiaries Leave the Safety Net in Mexico?: A Study of the Effects of Conditionality on Dropouts

Posted: 8 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

carola alvarez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Florencia Devoto

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

This paper analyzes the characteristics of beneficiaries who drop out of the Mexican conditional cash transfer program Oportunidades to determine if dropping out of the program is a result of self-targeting by the non-poor or the exclusion of the target poor population. Using Oportunidades’ administrative data and a discrete duration model, the analysis indicates that wealthier beneficiaries have greater odds of dropping out, suggesting that conditionality acts as a screening device. The results also indicate that administrative factors and the provider of health services to beneficiaries also have an important influence on whether beneficiaries remain in or leave the program.

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and alvarez, carola and Devoto, Florencia, Why Do Beneficiaries Leave the Safety Net in Mexico?: A Study of the Effects of Conditionality on Dropouts (April 2008). World Development, Vol. 36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3306684

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

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Carola Alvarez

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Florencia Devoto

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

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