Heterogeneity in Bolsa Família Outcomes

Armando Barrientos, Dario Debowicz, Ingrid Woolard

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The paper examines heterogeneity in programme outcomes from Bolsa Família, a flagship social assistance programme in Brazil reaching 14 million households. Following a review of existing evidence on mean impacts, the paper develops and estimates the first panel data quantile regression model of the distribution of Bolsa Família outcomes across municipalities. The quantile point estimates of programme
effects show no significant effects on adult labour force participation but positive and significant effects on girls’ school attendance. Girls’ attendance effects are stronger in municipalities with lowest rates in the conditional distribution of school attendance
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalThe Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance
Early online date10 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Social assistance
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Latin America
  • Brazil

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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