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The effect of cash transfer programs on educational mobility - an agent based approach, Revised version. 10/2015. Status: Revising

Abstract
In this paper I develop a model to reproduce the phenomenon of high intergenerational correlations in education, particularly in Latin America. The model is based on empirical evidence and implemented through agent based modeling techniques. The effect of conditional cash transfer programs on educational mobility is then analyzed. The results suggest that conditional cash transfer program can substantially increase intergenerational mobility in education. I find that adapting the subsidies to the poverty level is more important than conditioning them to participation. Moreover, using parental education as eligibility criteria can increase the efficiency of a program in increasing educational mobility.

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