Cash Transfer versus In-Kind Transfers: A conceptual framework and preliminary evidence

  • Blog Post Date 01 June, 2013
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Maitreesh Ghatak

London School of Economics

This project studied the performance of a conditional cash transfer scheme called Mukhyamantri Cycle Yojana, which provides money to purchase a bicycle to every student who is enrolled in standard nine of a government-run/-aided school. The findings show that although the bicycle programme has performed well in terms of coverage rate, and in curtailing direct forms of corruption, a large majority of the beneficiaries stated their preference in favour of receiving the benefits in kind instead of cash.

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