Led by Jon Robinson, Jenny Aker, and Alan Spearot, in partnership with USAID and GiveDirectly, researchers are designing a randomized evaluation (RCT) to develop estimates of the cost effectiveness of digital cash transfers of multiple sizes on a wide range of development outcomes relevant to USAID in Malawi. The aim of this exercise is to measure the impact of cash transfers in Malawi. This impact can be compared to current and future USAID programming in Malawi moving forward. In addition, the project plans to study whether a low-cost complementary agricultural input market intervention can allow farmers to extend the benefits of the cash transfer. The study will allow the research team to study whether timing the cash transfer with availability of agricultural inputs will allow farmers to invest their transfers in productive assets and lengthen the positive impacts of the cash transfer intervention.
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