Does subsidized rice improve child welfare? : a study of the subsidized rice program, Raskin, in Indonesia
Vlajic, Julia Atini.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Food subsidy programs are a form of social safety protection used to mitigate economic shocks for the chronically and transitory poor. In this paper, I use data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey collected in 2007 to investigate whether receiving subsidized rice through the Raskin program has an impact on child welfare. While I expect Raskin to positively affect child height, my proxy for child welfare, I anticipate that the impact of participating in the program will have little substantive impact on child well-being largely because of leakages in the system and poor targeting. Despite this, it is still important to empirically test if Raskin is having the desired impact on poverty and compare it to other social safety programs that are in place in Indonesia.
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