Do cash transfers improve schooling outcomes?

Relative effectiveness of conditional and unconditional cash transfers for schooling outcomes in developing countries: a systematic review

Speaker: Berk Ozler, Associate Professor, University of Otago
Date: 17 October, 2013, 5.30-7.00 p.m.
Venue: Upper meeting room, LIDC, 36 Gordon Square, London

Increasing educational attainment around the world is one of the key aims of the Millennium Development Goals. Cash transfer programmes, both conditional and unconditional, are a popular social protection tool in developing countries that aim, among other things, to improve education outcomes in developing countries. The debate over whether these programmes should include conditions has been at the forefront of recent global policy discussions.

This systematic review aims to complement the existing evidence on the effectiveness of these programmes in improving schooling outcomes and help inform the debate surrounding the design of cash transfer programmes. The objective of this review is to assess the relative effectiveness of conditional and unconditional cash transfers in improving enrollment, attendance and test scores in developing countries and to understand the role of different dimensions of the cash transfer programmes.

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