Evaluating the Impact of Brazil's Bolsa Família: Cash Transfer Programs in Comparative Perspective

  title={Evaluating the Impact of Brazil's Bolsa Fam{\'i}lia: Cash Transfer Programs in Comparative Perspective},
  author={F{\'a}bio Veras Soares and Rafael P. Ribas and Rafael Guerreiro Os{\'o}rio},
  journal={Latin American Research Review},
  pages={173 - 190}
This note reviews the targeting performance of Bolsa Família and its impact on inequality, poverty, consumption, education, health care, and labor force participation. Bolsa Família has several design and implementation characteristics that distance it from a pure human-capital-based conditional cash transfer model. For that reason, we compare the impact of Bolsa Família to that of other conditional cash transfer programs in Latin America, such as in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile. We… 

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