Conditional Cash Transfers and Schooling Decisions: Evidence From Urban Mexico

Posted: 9 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Maria Heracleous

University of Cyprus - Department of Economics

Mario Gonza'les-Flores

American University

Date Written: August 2016

Abstract

Using administrative data from the urban Mexican Oportunidades program, this paper analyzes why poor households choose less education for their children, even when offered financial compensation for school attendance. Each school year, half of recipients forgo income for which they are eligible by failing to send children to school. Using a random effects probit and fractional response model, the analysis provides strong evidence that the poorest households, those with more dependents and high school students, recipients with limited education, and those living in large urban areas are less likely to have their children attend school and thus receive partial payments

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Heracleous, Maria and Gonza'les-Flores, Mario, Conditional Cash Transfers and Schooling Decisions: Evidence From Urban Mexico (August 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3307403

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

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Maria Heracleous

University of Cyprus - Department of Economics ( email )

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Mario Gonza'les-Flores

American University

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