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Are cash transfers better chunky or smooth : evidence from an impact evaluation of a cash transfer program in northern Nigeria (English)

Women receiving unconditional cash transfers in northern Nigeria worked more, particularly, in their own businesses, spent more on consumption, were more food secure, saved more, bought more animals and improved their housing compared to the women in the control group. Quarterly transfers cost half as much as monthly transfers to administer, but there is no difference in outcomes. Women’s ability to control the cash transfers is the same under a quarterly payment scheme and monthly payment scheme. Women use cash transfers to increase investment in their own business activities. Cash transfer recipients were not only more likely to be involved in their own non-farm business but they also spent more on business inputs and increased their business profits. Their husbands remained active farmers and didn’t change their business activities. The lab aims to do this by producing and delivering a new body of evidence and developing a compelling narrative, geared towards policymakers, on what works and what does not work in promoting gender equality.

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Bastian,Gautam Gustav Goldstein,Markus P. Papineni,Sreelakshmi

Are cash transfers better chunky or smooth : evidence from an impact evaluation of a cash transfer program in northern Nigeria (English). Gender innovation lab policy brief,no. 21 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/201411503985884102/Are-cash-transfers-better-chunky-or-smooth-evidence-from-an-impact-evaluation-of-a-cash-transfer-program-in-northern-Nigeria