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Incentive and crowding out effects of food assistance: evidence from randomized evaluation of food-for-training project in Southern Sudan

Sulaiman, Munshi (2010) Incentive and crowding out effects of food assistance: evidence from randomized evaluation of food-for-training project in Southern Sudan. Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers (EOPP 019). The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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Abstract

Food assistance is one of the most common forms of safety net programs in postconflict situations. Besides the humanitarian and promotional roles, there are widespread scepticisms of food assistance regarding its possible influence on disincentive to work and on crowding out of private transfers. While there is a relatively large amount of empirical research on social protection in stable context, it is less researched in post-conflict situations. Based on randomized evaluation of a food-for-training program implemented in Southern Sudan, this paper estimates these effects. We observe a significant negative impact (about 13%) on per capita household income. However, there is no effect on the hours of work or the type of the economic activities of the adult members. The decline in income mostly happened through a reduction in child labor. There is also a positive effect on school enrolment for girls (about 10 percentage points) and an improvement in their housing status. We also do not find any indication of crowding out of private transfers for the participants. This is most likely due to the extent of private transfers being very low to begin with. However, there is a small but significant impact of the transfers given out by the participants.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/eopp/eopp19.pdf
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Divisions: STICERD
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2014 10:25
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 23:13
Funders: Department for International Development (DFID)
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58095

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