Panel: Economic and Productive Impacts of Anti-Poverty Policy
(Poverty and Income Policy)

Saturday, November 4, 2017: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Burnham (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Sudhanshu Handa, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Sudhanshu Handa, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Panel Chairs:  Anu Rangarajan, Mathematica Policy Research
Discussants:  Randall Blair, Mathematica Policy Research

Heterogeneous Welfare Dynamics
Linden McBride, Cornell University

Spatially Heterogeneous Effects of a Public Works Program
Joshua D Merfeld, University of Washington

Social protection programs typically have as their primary objective poverty alleviation. But can these programs also lead to productive impacts? If so, what are the key design elements of such programs and which participants benefit the most in terms of economic gains? What groups are particularly susceptible to poverty traps, and what are the implied policy responses? The four papers in this panel address these questions, with careful attention to commonly overlooked heterogeneity, using data from India, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.

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