Alumni

Dr. Andres Mideros Mora

Thesis:
Essays on the economic effects of non-contributory social protection

Year: 2017

Promotor(s):
Cathal O’Donoghue & Franziska Gassmann

Abstract:

This thesis generates new light on how social transfers promote a sustainable path out of poverty, while fostering economic performance. The main findings of the thesis show that non-contributory social protection investments do foster economic performance. Although traditional labour supply theories argue that a social transfer discourages labour, we find non-negative effects of social transfers on household heads’ labour supply in Ecuador. In the case of investments on human capital, we found that social transfers promoted higher levels of schooling. However, social transfers were more cost-efficient if they were targeted at critical ages, and at the poorest of the poor. Regarding mid-term effects we found a positive treatment effect for social transfers on intragenerational social mobility. Finally, we found a positive rate of return of social protection investments in Cambodia. All these results show that social protection programmes must be seen as an investment rather than as a cost. However, the effects are context-specific. The economic effects of social transfers depend on labour market conditions, access to financial services and productive assets, coverage and quality of health and education services, social exclusion, and general economic performance.

 



Selected publications by Andres Mideros Mora


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Mideros Mora, Andres & Franziska Gassmann, 2021, `Fostering social mobility. The case of the Bono de Desarrollo Humano in Ecuador, Journal of Development Effectiveness, 13, More information
Mideros Mora, Andres, Franziska Gassmann & Pierre Mohnen, 2016, `Estimation of rates of return on social protection: ex ante microsimulation of social transfers in Cambodia, Journal of Development Effectiveness, 8, More information
Mideros Mora, Andres & Cathal O'Donoghue, 2015, `The Effect of Unconditional Cash Transfers on Adult Labour Supply: A Unitary Discrete Choice Model for the Case of Ecuador, Basic Income Studies, 10, More information
Mideros Mora, Andres, 2012, `Ecuador: Definición y medición multidimensional de la pobreza, 2006-2010, Revista CEPAL, 108, More information
Mideros Mora, Andres, 2012, `Ecuador: defining and measuring multidimensional poverty, 2006-2010, CEPAL Review, 108, More information


Book chapters
Yousefzadeh, Sepideh, Andres Mideros Mora & Chris de Neubourg, 2012, Multidimensional deprivation among children in Iran, in: Minujin, A. and S. Nandy (eds), Global child poverty and well-being. Measurement, concepts, policy and action, The Policy Press, UK, More information


Books (monograph or edited volume)
Mideros Mora, Andres, 2010, Crédito y desigualdad: Efecto del acceso a crédito en la brecha de ingreso de los hogares, FLACSO-Ecuador. Abya Yala, Quito, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Mideros Mora, Andres & Franziska Gassmann, 2017, Fostering social mobility: The case of the 'Bono de Desarrollo Humano' in Ecuador, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-002
Mideros Mora, Andres & Cathal O'Donoghue, 2014, The effect of unconditional cash transfers on adult labour supply: A unitary discrete choice model for the case of Ecuador, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-063
Mideros Mora, Andres, Franziska Gassmann & Pierre Mohnen, 2013, Estimation of rates of return on social protection: Making the case for non-contributory social transfers in Cambodia, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-063


External working papers
Cherrier, Cecile, Franziska Gassmann, Andres Mideros Mora & Pierre Mohnen, 2013, Making the investment case for social protection - Methodological challenges with lessons learnt from a recent study in Cambodia, UNICEF Office of Research Working Paper WP-2013-06, More information


Research reports
Mideros Mora, Andres, Franziska Gassmann & Pierre Mohnen, 2012, Estimation of rates of return of social protection instruments in Cambodia. A case for non-contributory social transfers, Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University/UNU-MERIT, External Policy Report, research carried out in coordination with the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development, CARD, the Royal Government of Cambodia and UNICEF Cambodia, More information


Conference contributions
Mideros Mora, Andres & Franziska Gassmann, 2015, Fostering social mobility. The case of the Bono de Desarrollo Humano in Ecuador, 2015 Human Development & Capability Association Conference "Capabilities on the Move: Mobility and Aspirations". Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 10-13 September 2015., More information
Mideros Mora, Andres & Cathal O'Donoghue, 2014, The effects of social transfers on adults labour supply: A unitary discrete choice model for the case of Ecuador, 4th International Conference on Economics and social Sciences (ICESS-2014), Istanbul 25-26 October 2014. , More information
Mideros Mora, Andres, 2014, The effects of social transfers on human capital accumulation: A cost-effectiveness analysis using a dynamic cohort microsimulation model, European Meeting of the International Microsimulation Association, Maastricht 23-24 October 2014, More information
Mideros Mora, Andres, 2014, Régimen del buen vivir y el rol de la protección social no-contributiva para la erradicación de la pobreza. El caso de Ecuador, V Congreso Internacional en Gobierno, Administración y Políticas Públicas GIGAPP-IUIOG. Madrid, 30-31 September and 1 October 2014. , More information
Mideros Mora, Andres & Cathal O'Donoghue, 2013, The effects of non-contributory social protection on adults’ labour decisions, Fifth Bolivian Conference on Development Economics (BCDE 2013). Santa Cruz, 14th-15th November 2013. , More information
Mideros Mora, Andres, Franziska Gassmann & Pierre Mohnen, 2013, Estimation of Rates of Return on Social Protection Instruments: Making the Investment case for Non-Contributory Social Transfers in Cambodia, The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis welcomed over 170 attendees to its fifth annual conference and meeting on February 21-22, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Conference participants spent two days attending 24 panels on a variety of topics, listening to a key, More information


Theses
Mideros Mora, Andres, 2017, Essays on the Economic Effects of Non-contributory Social Protection, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University, More information

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