Manuela Angelucci

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In the regression-discontinuity (RD) design, units are assigned to treatment based on whether their value of an observed covariate exceeds a known cutoff. In this design, local polynomial estimators are now routinely employed to construct confidence intervals for treatment effects. The performance of these confidence intervals in applications, however, may(More)
We exploit the unique experimental design of a social program to understand how cash transfers to eligible households indirectly affect the consumption of ineligible households living in the same villages. This indirect effect on consumption is positive, and it operates through insurance and credit markets: ineligible households benefit from their(More)
Family Networks and School Enrolment: Evidence from a Randomized Social Experiment We present evidence on whether and how a household’s behavior is influenced by the presence and characteristics of its extended family. Using data from the PROGRESA program in Mexico, we exploit information on the paternal and maternal surnames of heads and spouses in(More)
We use the policy change caused by the extension of the poverty alleviation program Oportunidades, which hands cash to women to foster human capital accumulation, to validate a standard food demand model for Mexican poor urban households. Oportunidades increases eligible households’ food budget shares, despite food being a necessity. We estimate the demand(More)
Using data collected for the evaluation of the rural component of Oportunidades, Mexico’s flagship anti-poverty program, I show that poor households’ entitlement to an exogenous, temporary but guaranteed income stream increases US migration even if this income is mainly consumed and that some households likely use the entitlement to this income stream as(More)
Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) infections are responsible for large waterborne outbreaks in developing countries. Sporadic cases in the developed world are mainly imported from endemic areas. HEV has been suggested to be a zoonotic infection, for which pigs may be the reservoir; specific swine strains of HEV have been identified. Humans are susceptible to(More)
In this note we discuss several methodological issues connected with the evaluation of the effects of the urban component of the program Oportunidades. The evaluation of Oportunidades is based on the comparison between treatment and control areas at two points in time. However, standard methods are complicated by the presence of a relatively low take up of(More)