A new GLO Discussion Paper finds no evidence of a disincentive effect, and the transfer program in Vietnam causes the adults to move from self-employed non-farm work to wage-paying jobs.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1243, 2023
Cash Transfers and Labor Supply: New Evidence on Impacts and Mechanisms – Download PDF
by Nguyen, Cuong Viet & Tarp, Finn
GLO Fellow Cuong Nguyen
Author Abstract: We study the impact of a national cash transfer program in Vietnam on labor supply using large household surveys and a regression-discontinuity design based on discontinuity in age eligibility. We do not find evidence of a disincentive effect of the cash transfer on labor supply for adults aged 15-64. More importantly, we find robust evidence that the transfer program causes the adults to move from self-employed non-farm work to wage-paying jobs. A likely mechanism is that the transfer program reduces the labor force participation of older people, and they help housework and childcare for younger adults to have wage-paying jobs.
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