New Economics Papers
on Central and South America
Issue of 2005‒11‒19
three papers chosen by

  1. Welfare and Growth Effects of Alternative Fiscal Rules for Infrastructure Investment in Brazil By Pedro Cavalcanti Gomes Ferreira; Leandro Gonçalves do Nascimento
  2. The Cost of Poverty Alleviation Transfer Programs: A Comparative Analysis of Three Programs in Latin America By John Maluccio; Natàlia Caldés; David Coady
  3. Fertility and Female Labor Supply in Latin America: New Causal Evidence By Guillermo Cruces; Sebastian Galiani

  1. By: Pedro Cavalcanti Gomes Ferreira (EPGE/FGV); Leandro Gonçalves do Nascimento
    Date: 2005–11
  2. By: John Maluccio; Natàlia Caldés; David Coady
    Abstract: A common criticism of antipoverty programs is that the high share of administrative (nontransfer) costs substantially reduces their effectiveness. Yet, there is surprisingly little rigorous empirical evidence on program costs. Improved information and a better understanding of the costs of such programs are crucial for effective policymaking. This study proposes and implements a replicable methodology for a comparative cost analysis of three similar poverty alleviation programs in Latin America, and assesses their cost efficiency. The findings underscore that any credible assessment of cost-efficiency requires a detailed analysis of program cost structures that goes well beyond simply providing aggregate cost information.
    Keywords: cost efficiency, poverty alleviation, human capital, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua
    Date: 2005
  3. By: Guillermo Cruces (ECLAC & STICERD); Sebastian Galiani (Universidad de San Andres)
    Abstract: We study the effect of fertility on maternal labor supply in Argentina and Mexico exploiting a source of exogenous variability in family size first introduced by Angrist and Evans (1998) for the United States. We find that the estimates for the US can be generalized both qualitatively and quantitatively to the populations of two developing countries where, compared to the US, fertility is known to be higher, female education levels are much lower and there are fewer formal facilities for childcare.
    JEL: J13 J22
    Date: 2005–11–11

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