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Does child sponsorship pay off in adulthood an international study of impacts on income and wealth (English)

This research estimates the impact of international child sponsorship on adult income and wealth of formerly sponsored children using data on 10,144 individuals in six countries. To identify causal effects, an age-eligibility rule followed from 1980 to 1992 is utilized that limited sponsorship to children twelve years old or younger when the program was introduced in a village, allowing comparisons of sponsored children with older siblings who were slightly too old to be sponsored. Estimations indicate that international child sponsorship increased monthly income by $13–17 over an untreated baseline of $75, principally from inducing higher future labor market participation. Results show evidence for positive impacts on dwelling quality in adulthood and modest evidence of impacts on ownership of consumer durables in adulthood, limited to increased ownership of mobile phones. Finally, results point to modest effects of child sponsorship on childbearing in adulthood.


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    Wydick,Bruce W., Glewwe,Paul W., Rutledge,Laine

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    Does child sponsorship pay off in adulthood ? an international study of impacts on income and wealth

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Wydick,Bruce W. Glewwe,Paul W. Rutledge,Laine

Does child sponsorship pay off in adulthood an international study of impacts on income and wealth (English). Policy Research working paper,no. WPS 7563 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.