Eeshani Kandpal is an Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her research agenda lies at the intersection of two themes. The first is that average treatment effects often mask the widely divergent impacts of development policy, like health interventions, cash transfers, and empowerment programs. Unintended consequences may bolster or undermine the intended goals of the policy, but economic theory and evidence can help us predict where such consequences may arise. A second theme of her research is that inequality in access to government services or social capital often varies by attributes like gender, wealth, and ethnicity or caste. The conjunction of these two themes, and particularly how public policy interacts with preexisting inequality, is where she situates her research. Eeshani has a PhD and MS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA from Macalester College, Minnesota. She was born and raised in India.
Policy Research Talk: The Unintended Consequences of Cash Transfers
December 27, 2019
Cash transfers are a major anti-poverty tool, reaching 400 million poor households around the world. While there may be no more direct means to reduce poverty than providing cash, even this straightforward intervention can carry unintended consequences that undermine its intended goal. In this Policy Research Talk, Eeshani Kandpal discussed current evidence on cash transfers and illustrated how these programs can generate unintended spillovers with an example from Pantawid, a conditional cash transfer program that benefits over four million Filipino households.
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