Can mistargeting destroy social capital and stimulate crime? Evidence from a cash transfer program in Indonesia

Lisa Ann Cameron, Manisha Shah

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Cash transfer programs can provide important financial support for poor households in developing countries and are becoming increasingly common. However the potential for mistargeting of program funds is high. This article focuses on the social consequences arising from misallocation of resources in close-knit communities. We find that the mistargeting of a cash transfer program in Indonesia had significant negative social consequences. The prevalence of crime within communities increased and participation in community groups declined. Hence poorly administered transfer programs have a potentially large negative downside that extends beyond the pure financial costs that have been the focus of the literature to date.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381 - 415
Number of pages35
JournalEconomic Development and Cultural Change
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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