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Cash Transfers and Temptation Goods : A Review of Global Evidence

dc.contributor.authorEvans, David K.
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-26T21:51:53Z
dc.date.available2014-06-26T21:51:53Z
dc.date.issued2014-05
dc.description.abstractCash transfers have been demonstrated to improve education and health outcomes and alleviate poverty in various contexts. However, policy makers and others often express concern that poor households will use transfers to buy alcohol, tobacco, or other "temptation goods." The income effect of transfers will increase expenditures if alcohol and tobacco are normal goods, but this may be offset by other effects, including the substitution effect, the effect of social messaging about the appropriate use of transfers, and the effect of shifting dynamics in intra-household bargaining. The net effect is ambiguous. This paper reviews 19 studies with quantitative evidence on the impact of cash transfers on temptation goods, as well as 11 studies that surveyed the number of respondents who reported they used transfers for temptation goods. Almost without exception, studies find either no significant impact or a significant negative impact of transfers on temptation goods. In the only (two, non-experimental) studies with positive significant impacts, the magnitude is small. This result is supported by data from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. A growing number of studies from a range of contexts therefore indicate that concerns about the use of cash transfers for alcohol and tobacco consumption are unfounded.en
dc.identifierhttp://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2014/05/19546774/cash-transfers-temptation-goods-review-global-evidence
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10986/18802
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherWorld Bank, Washington, DC
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPolicy Research Working Paper;No. 6886
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.subjectAID AGENCIES
dc.subjectBANK ACCOUNT
dc.subjectBENEFICIARIES
dc.subjectBENEFICIARY
dc.subjectCAPITAL INVESTMENT
dc.subjectCASH TRANSFER
dc.subjectCASH TRANSFER PROGRAMS
dc.subjectCASH TRANSFERS
dc.subjectCHILD NUTRITION
dc.subjectCOUPONS
dc.subjectDEVELOPING COUNTRIES
dc.subjectDEVELOPMENT POLICY
dc.subjectDISBURSEMENT
dc.subjectDROUGHT
dc.subjectENGEL CURVES
dc.subjectEXPENDITURE
dc.subjectEXPENDITURES
dc.subjectFEMALE-HEADED HOUSEHOLDS
dc.subjectFOOD CONSUMPTION
dc.subjectFOOD EXPENDITURES
dc.subjectFOOD SECURITY
dc.subjectFOOD TRANSFERS
dc.subjectFUNGIBLE
dc.subjectGDP
dc.subjectGDP DEFLATOR
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD BARGAINING
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD DEMOGRAPHICS
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD HEAD
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD INCOME
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD PARTICIPATION
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD SURVEYS
dc.subjectHUMAN CAPITAL
dc.subjectHUMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENT
dc.subjectHUMAN DEVELOPMENT
dc.subjectIMPACT EVALUATION
dc.subjectINCOME EFFECT
dc.subjectINFLATION
dc.subjectINSTRUMENT
dc.subjectINTERNATIONAL BANK
dc.subjectINTERVENTIONS
dc.subjectINVESTING
dc.subjectLIQUID CASH
dc.subjectLOCAL CURRENCY
dc.subjectMIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES
dc.subjectNORMAL GOOD
dc.subjectPATERNALISM
dc.subjectPENSION
dc.subjectPENSION INCOME
dc.subjectPOLITICAL ECONOMY
dc.subjectPOOR
dc.subjectPOOR HOUSEHOLDS
dc.subjectPOOR PARENTS
dc.subjectPOOR PEOPLE
dc.subjectPROGRAM IMPACTS
dc.subjectPROPENSITY SCORE MATCHING
dc.subjectPUBLIC FINANCE
dc.subjectQUASIEXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS
dc.subjectRETURN
dc.subjectRETURNS
dc.subjectRURAL
dc.subjectRURAL AREAS
dc.subjectSAFETY NETS
dc.subjectSOCIAL POLICIES
dc.subjectSOCIAL SAFETY NETS
dc.subjectSUBSTITUTION EFFECT
dc.subjectTRANCHE
dc.subjectTRANSITION ECONOMY
dc.titleCash Transfers and Temptation Goods : A Review of Global Evidenceen
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okr.date.disclosure2014-05-15
okr.doctypePublications & Research::Policy Research Working Paper
okr.doctypePublications & Research
okr.docurlhttp://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2014/05/19546774/cash-transfers-temptation-goods-review-global-evidence
okr.globalpracticeMacroeconomics and Fiscal Management
okr.globalpracticePoverty
okr.globalpracticeFinance and Markets
okr.identifier.doi10.1596/1813-9450-6886
okr.identifier.externaldocumentum000158349_20140521143938
okr.identifier.internaldocumentum19546774
okr.identifier.reportWPS6886
okr.language.supporteden
okr.pdfurlhttp://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/05/21/000158349_20140521143938/Rendered/PDF/WPS6886.pdfen
okr.region.administrativeAfrica
okr.region.administrativeEast Asia and Pacific
okr.region.administrativeLatin America & Caribbean
okr.region.administrativeSouth Asia
okr.region.geographicalAfrica
okr.region.geographicalAsia
okr.region.geographicalLatin America
okr.topicPoverty Reduction::Rural Poverty Reduction
okr.topicPoverty Reduction::Poverty Impact Evaluation
okr.topicEconomic Theory and Research
okr.topicFinance and Financial Sector Development::Debt Markets
okr.topicServices and Transfers to Poor
okr.topicMacroeconomics and Economic Growth
okr.unitOffice of the Chief Economist, Africa Region
okr.volume1 of 1
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