Zambia's Child Grant Program: 24-Month Impact Report on Productive Activities and Labour Allocation

Abstract

This report uses data from a twenty-four month randomized experimental design impact evaluation to analyze the impact of the Zambia Child Grant Programme (CGP) on individual and household decision making including labour supply, the accumulation of productive assets, and other productive activities. The general framework for empirical analysis is based on a comparison of program beneficiaries with a group of controls interviewed before the program began and again two years later, using both single and double difference estimators. The findings reveal overall positive impacts of the CGP across a broad spectrum of outcome indicators, and suggest that the programme is achieving many of its intended objectives. Specifically, we find strong positive impacts on household food consumption and investments in productive activities, including crop and livestock production. The programme is associated with large increases in both the ownership and profitability of non-farm family businesses; reductions in household debt levels; increases in household savings; and concordant shifts in labour supply from agricultural wage labour to better and more desirable forms of employment. The analysis reveals important heterogeneity in programme impacts, with estimated magnitudes varying over household and individual characteristics.

Citation

Daidone, S.; Davis, B.; Dewbre, J.; González-Flores, M.; Handa, S.; Seidenfeld, D.; Tembo, G. Zambia’s Child Grant Program: 24-Month Impact Report on Productive Activities and Labour Allocation. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy (2014) viii + 35 pp.

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