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NOVAFRICA Working Paper “Conditional Cash Transfers and the Learning Crisis: Evidence from Tayssir Scale-up in Morocco”

A new working paper has been added to the NOVAFRICA Working Paper Series. Written by Jules Gazeaud and Claire Ricard, this paper analyses the effects of cash transfer programs on learning in primary school in Morocco.

Title: Conditional Cash Transfers and the Learning Crisis: Evidence from Tayssir Scale-up in Morocco

Authors

Jules Gazeaud (Universidade Nova de Lisboa and NOVAFRICA)

Claire Ricard (CERDI, CNRS, Université Clermont Auvergne and FSJES-Aïn Chock, University Hassan II)

Abstract: We use a regression discontinuity design in rural Morocco to study whether the enrollment gains from conditional cash transfer programs translate into learning benefits. Unlike most previous studies, we estimate the effects of a sustained exposure during whole primary school. We find small and seemingly negative effects on test scores at the end-of-primary school exam. Concomitant increases in class size suggest that the program constrained learning by putting additional pressure on existing resources in beneficiary areas. These results are particularly relevant for settings where transfers are geographically targeted with no measures to absorb the extra influx of students.

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