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ERIC Number: EJ1015471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Income Shocks and Adolescent Mental Health
Baird, Sarah; de Hoop, Jacobus; Ozler, Berk
Journal of Human Resources, v48 n2 p370-403 Spr 2013
We investigate the effects of a positive income shock on mental health among adolescent girls using evidence from a cash transfer experiment in Malawi. Offers of cash transfers strongly reduced psychological distress among baseline schoolgirls. However, these large beneficial effects declined with increases in the transfer amount offered to the parents conditional on regular school attendance by the adolescent girls. Improved physical health, increased school attendance, personal consumption, and leisure contributed to the effects. There was also strong evidence of increased psychological distress among untreated baseline schoolgirls in treatment areas. All of these effects dissipated soon after the program ended. (Contains 30 footnotes, 9 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malawi
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