Miguel Niño-Zarazúa
World Institute for Development Economics Research
Publications 53
#1Tom Lavers (CGD: Center for Global Development)H-Index: 7
#2Sam Hickey (CGD: Center for Global Development)H-Index: 21
Last.Jeremy SeekingsH-Index: 21
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In this paper, we estimate the recent evolution of global interpersonal inequality and examine the effect of omitted top incomes on the level and direction of global inequality. We propose a methodology to estimate the truncation point of household surveys by combining information on income shares from household surveys and top income shares from tax data. The methodology relies on a flexible parametric functional form that models the income distribution for each country-year point under differe...
This paper examines Chile Solidario, a social protection programme that provides poor households in Chile with preferential access to a conditional cash transfer programme designed to facilitate investments in children’s health and education. We assess the programme’s longer-term impact on educational attainment and labour income at ages 25–28. Overall, Chile Solidario has a positive and long-lasting effect, albeit with significant impact heterogeneity. The effects on educational attainment are ...
#1Juan Miguel Villa (University of Manchester)H-Index: 8
#2Miguel Niño-Zarazúa (World Institute for Development Economics Research)H-Index: 12
The effects of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) on poverty and well-being have been widely studied. However, there is limited knowledge on how a CCT should respond to the dynamics of poverty. How should program administrators treat beneficiaries that exit poverty in period t-1, but exhibit a high probability of falling into poverty in period t? This is a relevant, yet unanswered question. This paper provides an analysis of the implications of poverty dynamics in the implementation of graduation...
#1Serena Masino (University of Westminster)H-Index: 2
#2Miguel Niño-Zarazúa (World Institute for Development Economics Research)H-Index: 12
AbstractThis paper follows a quasi-experimental research design to assess the impact of the electronic payment system of Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera (POP) programme. The switch from cash payments to electronic payments delivered via savings accounts is found to have medium-term effects on savings decisions, transaction costs, and coping strategies. Overall, the study finds that, following the intervention, a substitution effect emerged between saving portfolio choices, with the poor...
#1Laurence Roope (University of Oxford)H-Index: 5
#2Miguel Niño-Zarazúa (World Institute for Development Economics Research)H-Index: 12
Last.Finn Tarp (World Institute for Development Economics Research)H-Index: 36
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The interest in the level of global inequality has surged in recent years. This paper complements existing estimates of global inequality by providing the first estimates of the level of bipolarization of the global income distribution. During 1975–2010, global bipolarization declined substantially according to ‘relative’ measures, while it increased according to ‘absolute’ measures. The results mirror trends in global inequality over the same period.
#1Fiseha Haile (World Bank)
#2Miguel Niño-Zarazúa (World Institute for Development Economics Research)H-Index: 12
Over the past two decades, there has been unprecedented attention to the promotion of human development via government spending in the social sectors as a conditio sine qua non for economic growth and improved aggregate welfare. Yet the existing evidence on the subject remains limited and contested. This paper contributes to the literature by examining the causal effect of government spending on the social sectors (health, education and social protection) on three measures of aggregate welfare: ...
#1Sam HickeyH-Index: 21
#2Tom LaversH-Index: 7
Last.Jeremy SeekingsH-Index: 21
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Social assistance programmes proliferated and expanded across much of the global South from the mid-1990s. Within Africa there has been enormous variation in this trend: some governments expanded coverage dramatically while others resisted this. The existing literature on social assistance, or social protection more broadly, offers little in explanation of this variation. Drawing on the literature on political settlements and democratic politics, we argue that variation results from the politica...