CLTS Working Papers, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Girma Behe Araya
Is Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program Enhancing Dependency?
() and Stein T. Holden
Abstract: Although development intervention programs can have
far-reaching impacts beyond their stated objective, there have been few
careful studies of unintended outcomes of such programs. This study
assesses the impact of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) on
household size and dependency ratio using the difference in differences
method based on a panel data of four rounds over 12 years. Results show
that member households in the PSNP have built a larger household size and
dependency ratio than non-member households. These results are not only
unintended by program designers but also worrisome as they potentially
jeopardize the viability of the program in achieving its stated objective
of enabling member households come out of poverty.
Keywords: Household size; consumer to worker ratio; safety nets; difference in differences; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I38; O35; (follow links to similar papers)
37 pages, March 20, 2017
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