Social Protection and Multidimensional Poverty: Lessons from Ethiopia, India, and Peru

In this paper co-authored by Liyousew Borga and Conchita D'Ambrosio, they investigate the impact of three large-scale social-protection schemes in Ethiopia, India, and Peru on multidimensional poverty. Using data from the Young Lives cohort study, they show the trend, changes and evolution of multidimensional poverty for individuals in program participant households. They follow a number of strategies to produce estimates that deal with non-random program placement; the findings show that both the incidence and intensity of multidimensional poverty declined in all three countries over the period 2006–2016, more so for program participants than non-participants. They find positive short-term impact on asset formation, livestock holding, and some living standard indicators. In all three countries these positive impacts are sustained even in the medium and longer-term.

Panelist: Liyousew Borga, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Universite du Luxembourg

Discussant: Catherine Porter, Director, Young Lives, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford