2023
Language:
English

Do unconditional cash transfers increase fertility? Lessons from a large‐scale program

This work examines the impact of unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) on fertility. It develops a theoretical model that demonstrates how UCTs affect fertility de- cisions, time allocations for leisure, labor and childrearing, and child health through health spending.  Then it empirically examines the impact of UCTs on fertility in Pakistan. Our theoretical model suggests that under certain con- ditions, UCTs are likely to increase fertility if UCTs increase child health regardless of how they affect parental leisure, labor and childrearing time. The empirical results suggest that UCTs have a positive effect on fertility.