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Does International Child Sponsorship Work? A Six-Country Study of Impacts on Adult Life Outcomes

Bruce Wydick, Paul Glewwe and Laine Rutledge
Journal of Political Economy
Vol. 121, No. 2 (April 2013), pp. 393-436
DOI: 10.1086/670138
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Child sponsorship is a leading form of direct aid from wealthy country households to children in developing countries. Over 9 million children are supported through international sponsorship organizations. Using data from six countries, we estimate impacts on several outcomes from sponsorship through Compassion International, a leading child sponsorship organization. To identify program effects, we utilize an age-eligibility rule implemented when programs began in new villages. We find large, statistically significant impacts on years of schooling; primary, secondary, and tertiary school completion; and the probability and quality of employment. Early evidence suggests that these impacts are due, in part, to increases in children’s aspirations.

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