'Assets or education? A multifaceted education intervention that fights poverty' with Dr Benedetta Lerva

Past Event

12 October 2023, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Seminar Room, Oxford Martin School (and Online)

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Join us as Dr Benedetta Lerva, Research Economist at the World Bank, discusses a multifaceted education intervention that fights poverty.

“Big push” programs to lift households out of poverty typically provide cash transfers and physical capital to trigger asset accumulation. We study the comparative performance of a program that instead provides cash transfers and human capital; we exploit the randomized assignment of a package including a full-ride secondary school scholarship for one child and a cash transfer to eligible Ugandan households. Findings show beneficiary households accumulate assets and savings, consume more food, and have better psychological wellbeing, indicating that the package performs like a big push antipoverty intervention with the added benefits of large impacts on children’s education.

Light refreshments will be available.

This event is organised by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development.


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Benedetta lerva

Dr Benedetta Lerva
Research Economist, World Bank

Benedetta is an economist at the Development Impact Department (DIME) of the World Bank. She is an applied microeconomist whose research spans the field of agriculture and education. Benedetta received her PhD from the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University, and her MSc and BSc in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. Before her PhD, Benedetta was a research associate at the research unit of BRAC Uganda in Kampala.