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LOUREIRO, André Oliveira Ferreira  and  HOLANDA, Marcos Costa. The impact on consumption of more cash in conditional cash transfer programs. Econ. Apl. [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.4, pp.557-577. ISSN 1413-8050.

This paper evaluates the impact of an increase in the value of the cash transfer paid to families by the Brazilian Bolsa Família program. The existence of a similar program in the state of Ceará, Bolsa Cidadão, that increases the value received by a sub-group of families, provides a unique dataset, enabling us to evaluate the effect of a higher value of transfer on the spending of comparable households. There is a significant increase in consumption, but it is smaller than the increment in the income, suggesting that the consumption of the households is not properly declared.

Keywords : Poverty; Cash Transfer Programs; Policy Evaluation.

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