The Role of Information and Cash Transfers on Early Childhood Development: Evidence from Nepal

Journal Articles
Sectors:
Social Protection, Child Development, Nutrition
Organization:
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Author:
Michael Levere, Gayatri Acharya, and Prashant Bharadwaj
Regions:
South Asia
Publication Dates:
September, 2016
Content Formats:
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This working paper evaluates a program implemented in Nepal that provided information on best practices regarding child care together with the delivery of cash to families in extremely poor areas with pregnant mothers and/or children below the age of two. The authors found significant and sizable impacts of the information plus cash intervention on maternal knowledge, behavior, child development, and nutrition outcomes. The size of such impacts along some measures of knowledge and development were found to be significantly different from the information-only intervention group, suggesting a potential role for unconditional cash transfers along with information to tackle the problem of malnutrition.

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