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PhD defence: Jules Gazeaud

Published on October 17, 2019 Updated on October 20, 2019
Le 21 October 2019 De 15:00 à 17:00
Complément date
Pôle Tertiaire - Site La Rotonde - 26 avenue Léon Blum - 63000 Clermont-Ferrand
Room Pascal - 313

Three Essays on Social Safety Nets in Developing Countries


Catherine ARAUJO-BONJEAN, Chargée de Recherche, CNRS, Université Clermont Auvergne
Vianney DEQUIEDT, Professeur, Université Clermont Auvergne
Elisabeth SADOULET, Professeur, University of California- Berkeley
Douglas GOLLIN, Professeur, University of Oxford
Flore GUBERT, Research Director, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
Simone BERTOLI, Professor, Université Clermont Auvergne

Summary of Thesis

This thesis provides three empirical essays on the design and evaluation of social safety nets in developing countries. It presents novel evidence showing that: (i) non-random errors in consumption can lead to a bias in Proxy Means Testing estimates of absolute poverty; (ii) cash transfers can ease liquidity constraints and risk bearing, thereby increasing risky migrations; (iii) cash-for-work activities do not always have measurable productive effects. Hopefully, these pieces will contribute to improve
our understanding of social safety nets, and, ultimately, to design more effective public policies to fight poverty and vulnerability.


Social Protection; Cash Transfers; Targeting; Illegal Migration; Comoros; Mayotte