Estimating the average treatment effect of social safety net programmes in Bangladesh

Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman

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Abstract

Since the famine in 1974, the Bangladesh government and some national and international agencies have been providing food, or cash, or both, to poor households through the Social Safety Net programmes. I seek to estimate how much these programmes affect the well-being of poor households. Most previous studies have estimated impacts of these programmes on calorie consumption, simply computing the raw differential. However, both observed and unobserved characteristics bias this treatment effect. Using fuzzy regression discontinuity (RD) design, I control for these selection effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1550-1569
JournalThe Journal of Development Studies
Volume50
Issue number11
Early online date28 Feb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

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