Debunking the Stereotype of the Lazy Welfare Recipient: Evidence from Cash Transfer Programs Worldwide

Hanna, Rema; Banerjee, Abhijit; Kreindler, Gabriel; Olken, Benjamin (2017)


Hanna, Rema, Abhijit Banerjee, Gabriel Kreindler, and Benjamin Olken. 2017. “Debunking The Stereotype Of The Lazy Welfare Recipient: Evidence From Cash Transfer Programs Worldwide”. The World Bank Research Observer 32 (2): 155-184.
Targeted transfer programs for poor citizens have become increasingly common in the developing world. Yet, a common concern among policy makers - both in developing as well as developed countries - is that such programs tend to discourage work. We re-analyze the data from 7 randomized controlled trails of government-run cash transfer programs in six developing countries throughout the world, and find no systematic evidence that cash transfer programs discourage work.