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On the Design of Educational Conditional Cash Transfer Programs and Their Impact on Non-Education Outcomes: The Case of Teenage Pregnancy

Darwin Cortés / Juan Gallego / Darío Maldonado
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  • School of Government, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Cra. 1 No. 19–27, Bloque Au, Piso 3, Bogotá, Colombia
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Published Online: 2015-10-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2014-0162


Using a simple model to characterize adolescents’ behavior, we show that the effect of educational Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs on teenage pregnancy depends on the limits and conditions of the programs. The model shows that when benefits are conditional on school success or when the program has a binding duration limit, the CCT reduces teenage pregnancy rates. Using original data, we estimate this relation for two different CCT programs implemented in Bogotá, Colombia. The two programs differ in that only one of them conditions benefit renewal on school success. The empirical results are consistent with the predictions of the model. Only the program that conditions renewal of the transfer, reduces average teenage pregnancy rates. We also find that, also consistent with our model, the other program reduces teenage pregnancy rates only for those girls for which the duration limit is binding.

Keywords: teenage risk-taking behavior; teenage pregnancy; education; conditional cash transfers; incentives

JEL: I28; I38; J13


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About the article

Published Online: 2015-10-30

Published in Print: 2016-01-01

Funding: This paper is part of the project “Evaluating policies to reduce teenage childbearing in Bogotá, Colombia: the effect of policies reducing costs of education faced by households” (PIERI 11887) funded by PEP-BID-GRADE Teenage Childbearing Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean and by FIUR from Universidad del Rosario.

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 219–258, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, ISSN (Print) 2194-6108, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2014-0162.

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