Alumni profile

Esther Schuering

Thesis: To condition or not - is that the question? An analysis of the effectiveness of ex-ante and ex-post conditionality in social cash transfer programs, 2012

Promotor(s): Thomas Dohmen & Franziska Gassmann

Educational Background
  • July 2004 MALD, International Development Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA
  • October 2004 MA, Languages, Economics and Cultural Studies, Passau University, Germany

Working experience
  • Social Protection Policy Analyst & Adviser with consultancies in Burkina Faso, DRC, Ghana, Mauritius, Nepal, Senegal, Uganda, Vietnam (2008 - ongoing)
  • GTZ Social Protection Section, Germany (2008)
  • Ministry of Manpower, Youth and Employment Ghana, Consultancy (2007)
  • World Bank Madagascar, Consultancy (2006)
  • GTZ Social Safety Net Project, Zambia (2004-2007)

Research interests

Under what conditions does conditionality enhance the effectiveness of social cash transfers in low-income countries?

Whereas the impact of (conditional) cash transfer programs in developing countries has been extensively studied, the precise effect of conditionality, asking households for some form of behavioral compliance in exchange for the money, remains uncertain. More scientific insight into the costs and benefits of conditionality is necessary for policy makers in developing countries to take decisions that maximize the utility of public resources and donor funds while not unduly overtaxing the administration and disadvantaging beneficiary households. My research consequently looks into how conditionality impacts on the effectiveness of social cash transfer programs and analyzes to what extent conditionality leads to trade-offs at the household, institutional as well as political level.


Selected publications by Esther Schuering