PAD Seminar: 'Cash vs. Food in Social Assistance'

In this Poverty and Development (PAD) Seminar, Senior Economist Jamele Rigolini from the World Bank presents preliminary findings from an on-going project in Cambodia, evaluating the different impacts of social assistance delivered in cash and food.

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Lecture highlights

The seminar will discuss the settings and some preliminary findings from a pilot in rural Cambodia aimed at evaluating the differential impacts of cash and food as delivery methods of social assistance. Despite billions of dollars being delivered every year in social assistance, there are few evaluations studying the differential impacts of cash vs. food in low income settings. The on-going pilot, a partnership between the World Food Programme and the World Bank, aims at evaluating absolute and relative impacts of cash vs. food assistance among primary school students in rural Cambodia. The modality of the distribution was randomized across 360 schools, and survey instruments were designed to capture differences in consumption and food security, expenditures (debt), education and health outcomes, cognitive abilities of beneficiaries and siblings, as well as households' behavioural responses from receiving cash as opposed to food.

About our guest

Jamele Rigolini is a Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean region. His areas of expertise include social protection, human development, labor markets and competitiveness policies. Prior to joining the World Bank he was an Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Warwick (UK), where he taught classes on development economics and economic growth. He also worked for the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and McKinsey & Co. At the World Bank, he spent four years working in the East Asia and the Pacific region, where he managed cross-sectoral lending projects and advisory activities in the areas of labor markets and social protection. In March 2010 he moved to the Office of the Chief Economist of the Latin America and Caribbean region, where he manages the yearly thematic Flagship Reports, and maintains a close dialogue with other International Organizations, Latin American academics and Think Tanks. Jamele Rigolini holds a Diploma in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, and a PhD in Economics from New York University. He maintains an active research activity and has published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, Economic Letters and World Development.


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Published Apr 17, 2012 10:38 AM - Last modified May 14, 2013 02:38 PM