Does international child sponsorship work? A six-country study of impacts on adult life outcomes

Bruce Wydick, Paul Glewwe, Laine Rutledge

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Abstract

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 ageeligibility 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-436
Number of pages44
JournalJournal of Political Economy
Volume121
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

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