Honors Project - Open Access
In this paper, I study the effect of Oportunidades, a conditional cash transfer program in Mexico, on the micronutrient and macronutrient levels of program recipients. Overall, I find that Oportunidades has a positive, significant impact on micronutrient acquisition for Oportunidades beneficiaries. Program participants consume 20.5% more vitamins and 10.1% more minerals than individuals living in non-treatment households. This change could be critical for reducing rates of micronutrient deficiencies in low- and middle-income countries. Furthermore, I conclude that although Oportunidades induces higher micronutrient consumption, program recipients also consume higher levels of calories, fat, and sodium, all of which could be harmful to health. Together, these two conclusions illustrate how Oportunidades contributes to both positive and negative nutritional outcomes.
Kronebusch, Natalie, "The Impact of Conditional Cash Transfers on Nutrition: Evidence from Mexico" (2017). Economics Honors Projects. 68.
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