Transfers for Tots: A Study of The Heterogeneous Effects of Food and Cash Assistance on Child Anthropometry in Uganda
Ugaz, Jorge I
This paper analyzes data from a randomized controlled trial in Northern Uganda to explore the effects of food and cash transfers in young children and whether effects vary by individual or household characteristics. Results suggest that the impacts of food and cash transfers on a preschool-aged child's height and body mass index vary by the number of transfers a family is eligible to receive, the child's age in months, the month in which the child was born, baseline anthropometry measurements, and household ethnicity. Overall, findings show a combination of household and child characteristics to be responsible for significant heterogeneity in the outcomes of food and cash transfers on standardized height-for-age and body mass index scores among children included in the sample.
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