PEP researchers evaluate the impact of educational cash transfer programs on teen pregnancy in Colombia

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     CCT programs have the potential to contribute to the improvement of multiple dimensions of socioeconomic well-being, but should be carefully designed in order to positively affect desired outcomes.

In 2010, the PEP Network was mandated by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to select and support local researchers in Latin America, for the conduct of a special research initiative to “Evaluate the Effectiveness of Alternative Interventions to Reduce Teenage Childbearing in Latin American Countries”. The selected projects were to use impact evaluation methodologies, such as those fostered and developed through the PEP Policy Impact Evaluation Research Initiative (PIERI).

One of the selected applicant teams set out to evaluate the potential of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs - increasingly implemented in the region in order to improve school enrolment and attendance rates - may yield such derived outcomes on teen pregnancy. The study focused on two large-scale education-oriented CCT programs implemented in Bogota, Colombia. The impact on teen pregnancy was measured through the analysis of data collected from a survey on “Sexual Behaviors of Schooled Adolescents”. As the two cash transfer programs were designed differently, in terms of conditionality and allocation timetable, this comparative study sheds light on the specific conditions that CCT programs shall fulfill in order to yield such derived (non-educational), yet desirable outcomes.

To find out more about these conditions and the researchers’ recommendations in terms of programming for future CCT programs in Latin America, see their most recent publications:

Policy Brief 83

Working Paper is forthcoming

Findings from this impact evaluation also demonstrate that Conditional Cash Transfer programs may be designed in order to pursue a variety of objectives, beyond education, to improve multiple dimensions of socioeconomic well-being. The current knowledge regarding how CCTs affect non-educational outcomes, however, is scarce and shall be developed in order to assist in program design for more effective and targeted impacts.

Based on PEP project : PIERI-11887

Research team: Dario Maldonado  |  Catalina Latorre  |  Darwin Cortés  |  Juan Miguel Gallego Acevedo  |  Monica Ortegon
Find out more recent findings from PEP-supported research initiatives, here.

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