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‘Asset Transfer Model’ in Bangladesh – Does Presence of Male Relatives Cause a Difference in Household’s Food Security?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the difference in the food security status of extreme poor households who are under BRAC’s asset transfer model CFPR-TUP in the presence of males. To reduce vulnerability of the poor population different organizations have been developing various models for decades. Women are often targeted for implementing such models. It is widely observed that women contribute more to the wellbeing of their family when given access to additional wealth compared to men; therefore, targeting women is beneficial from a social point of view. Many studies have found evidence that women in moderately poor households lack control over the money provided by models such as microfinance. This thesis examines if a similar trend exist for asset transfer models designed for the extreme poor by studying BRAC’s asset transfer model, CFPR-TUP, with three period (2007, 2009, and 2011) panel data from Bangladesh. Using Difference-in-Difference and Difference-in-Difference-in-Difference methods this thesis finds there is a negative trend in the food security status of households’ in the presence of a male adult member. There are somewhat mixed trends in food security status in the presence of male relatives living within the close proximity of the targeted households.

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Extreme poor, asset transfer model, gender, Bangladesh, economic development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226229OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-226229DiVA: diva2:724754
Available from: 2014-06-13 Created: 2014-06-13 Last updated: 2014-11-05Bibliographically approved

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