A multifaceted program causes lasting progress for the very poor: Evidence from six countries
Author(s)Banerjee, Abhijit; Goldberg, Nathanael; Karlan, Dean S.; Osei, Robert; Pariente, William; Shapiro, Jeremy; Thuysbaert, Bram; Udry, Christopher; Duflo, Esther; ... Show more Show less
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We present results from six randomized control trials of an integrated approach to improve livelihoods among the very poor. The approach combines the transfer of a productive asset with consumption support, training, and coaching plus savings encouragement and health education and/or services. Results from the implementation of the same basic program, adapted to a wide variety of geographic and institutional contexts and with multiple implementing partners, show statistically significant cost-effective impacts on consumption (fueled mostly by increases in self-employment income) and psychosocial status of the targeted households. The impact on the poor households lasted at least a year after all implementation ended. It is possible to make sustainable improvements in the economic status of the poor with a relatively short-term intervention.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics; Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Banerjee, A., E. Duflo, N. Goldberg, D. Karlan, R. Osei, W. Pariente, J. Shapiro, B. Thuysbaert, and C. Udry. “A Multifaceted Program Causes Lasting Progress for the Very Poor: Evidence from Six Countries.” Science 348, no. 6236 (May 14, 2015): 1260799–1260799.
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