Essays on the economic effects of non-contributory social protection

Andrés Iván Mideros Mora

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This thesis explores how social transfers promote a sustainable path out of poverty while fostering economic performance. It is showed that non-contributory social protection investments foster economic performance. The findings include non-negative effects of social transfers on household heads’ labour supply in Ecuador. Investments in human capital are seen to promote higher levels of schooling. Regarding mid-term effects a positive treatment effect for social transfers on intragenerational social mobility is found. Finally, the results indicate a positive rate of return of social protection investments in Cambodia. In conclusion, social protection programmes must be seen as an investment rather than as a cost.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • O'Donoghue, Cathal, Supervisor
  • Gassmann, Franziska, Supervisor
Award date6 Dec 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789086664412
Publication statusPublished - 2017

JEL classifications

  • i38 - "Welfare and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs"


  • social protection investments
  • economic performance
  • cost efficiency

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