From Perspectives to Policy Contingencies: conditional cash transfers as social investments

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Despite the popularity of the social investment approach, there remain ambiguities regarding how to design an effective social investment policy. We review evaluations of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Latin America in order to draw out lessons for how to improve the effectiveness of social investment. CCTs share many of the objectives of the social investment approach and are targeted at poorer groups. Since research shows that such groups are often not adequately supported through social investment policies, analyzing CCTs holds particular promise. Our analysis finds that architects of social investment policies should consider three questions when designing a social investment approach: how much investment is necessary to fulfill social investment functions, what is the causal mechanism through which the goals of social investment are to be achieved and what array of policies are necessary for such mechanisms to be effective?


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Princeton University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)
  • Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier)


Sidor (från-till)21-37
Antal sidor17
TidskriftGlobal Social Policy
StatusPublished - 2017 apr 1
Peer review utfördJa