Unconditional cash transfers and children’s educational outcomes: Evidence from the old-age pension programme in South Africa

 

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dc.creator Standish-White, Jessica
dc.creator Finn, Arden
dc.date 2015-05-28T13:58:47Z
dc.date 2015-05-28T13:58:47Z
dc.date Standish-White, J., Finn, A., (2015). Unconditional cash transfers and children’s educational outcomes: Evidence from the old-age pension programme in South Africa. A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 147. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town
dc.date 2015-05
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-06T10:55:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-06T10:55:48Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-06
dc.identifier 978-1-928281-08-5
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/780
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/780
dc.description We use longitudinal data from three waves of South Africa's National Income Dynamics Study to estimate the effect of pension receipt in the household on children's educational outcomes in South Africa. We find that children who co-reside with a pensioner achieve better educational outcomes than those who do not, while controlling for a wide number of individual and household characteristics. In particular, we find that the sex of the pension recipient matters - the positive impact on a child’s progression through school is greater if a female, rather than a male, receives the pension.We explore some of the possible mechanisms behind this, including differential school absenteeism rates and differential spending on non-fee schooling expenses.
dc.description The authors would like to thank Nicola Branson, Murray Leibbrandt, Brendan Maughan-Brown, Vimal Ranchhod, and Ingrid Woolard. This paper benefi ted greatly from comments by participants at the SALDRU researchers reading group. All errors and omissions remain the sole responsibility of the authors.
dc.description Jessica Standish-White acknowledges funding from the National Income Dynamics Study Bursary and the Sheila van der Horst Bursary. Arden Finn acknowledges support from the National Research Foundation’s Human and Social Dynamics in Development Grand Challenge.
dc.language en
dc.relation Saldru Working Paper;147
dc.subject Social grants
dc.subject education
dc.subject South Africa
dc.title Unconditional cash transfers and children’s educational outcomes: Evidence from the old-age pension programme in South Africa
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Working Paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA


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