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Trial End Date June 1, 2017 March 31, 2018
Last Published April 12, 2018 04:00 AM April 12, 2018 04:19 AM
Data Collection Complete Yes
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Preliminary Reports
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Preliminary Report Completion Date

January 1, 2018

Preliminary Report Abstract

This study compares the impact of several common development programs (agricultural extension, subsidized agricultural inputs and livestock transfers) to cash transfers equal to the cost of each program. Prior to program delivery, recipients were asked their valuation of each program (i.e., their cash indifference point between cash and the program) as a proxy for their preference between cash and the program. Subsequently, recipients were randomly assigned to receive cash or a program. I do not find any impact of incorporating recipient preferences in aid allocation on consumption, food security, assets, psychological well-being or feelings of autonomy, and can rule out effects of any meaningful size. When comparing cash transfers directly to common development programs, the point estimates indicate no difference in impacts and confidence intervals rule out large differences. I do find that cash transfers increase feelings of autonomy and respect compared to non-cash interventions.

Preliminary Report URL

http://jeremypshapiro.com/papers/Impact_of_recipient_choice.pdf
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