Social protection investments, human capital, and income growth: Simulating the returns to social cash transfers in Uganda
Stephan Dietrich, Daniele Malerba, Armando Barrientos, Franziska Gassmann, Pierre Mohnen, Nyasha Tirivayi, Susan Kavuma & Fred Matovu
In this paper we assess the short- and mid-term effects of two cash
transfer programmes in Uganda in terms of child underweight, school
attainment, and the monetary returns to these indirect effects. Using a
micro-simulation approach we test how the scale-up of these pilot
interventions could affect human capital indicators and income growth.
We first use panel data to estimate the links between income, child
health, and school attainment. Thereafter we insert the estimates in a
micro-simulation model to predict how cash transfer programmes could
generate income returns through higher education attainment and compare
programmes in terms of their rates of return.
Keywords: Cash Transfer, Uganda, Education, Child Health, Simulation
JEL Classification: I25, I26, I15, H54, O15