July 6, 2021
Rehan Rafay Jamil, Political Science PhD candidate recently contributed an article for Ideas for India titled, "The changing demand for welfare in rural Pakistan", with co-author Mateo Iudice. They argue that, the proliferation of cash transfer programmes in developing countries has raised concern regarding a crowding-out effect on citizens' demands for investment in universal public services. Based on a household survey in rural Pakistan, this article shows that this is not necessarily true. It notes important sub-national differences in programme effects, with greater positive spillovers in settings where public services are functional and valued by citizens. Read the full post.