Major

International and Development Economics

Research Abstract

Relaxing internal constraints of individuals at early stages of life is an approach that complements traditional policy interventions aimed to alleviate poverty. The Compassion International child sponsorship program focuses their work on the emotional, social, and spiritual development of sponsored children. This study uses age-eligibility as an instrument for sponsorship to investigate the impacts of child sponsorship on self-esteem, aspirational reference points, aspirational capital, reciprocity and patience. It also implements an innovative way of constructing summary indices using a method proposed by Anderson, M (2008). Results reveal child sponsorship does not have an effect on the sponsored children. In fact, sponsored children seem to reciprocate less and are less patience than non-sponsored children.

Faculty Mentor/Advisor

Dr. Bruce Wydick

Course

ECON 690, Graduate Seminar

 
Apr 19th, 10:00 AM Apr 19th, 3:00 AM

Does Child Sponsorship have a positive impact on the quality of life and social behavior of sponsored children? Evidence from Indonesia

Relaxing internal constraints of individuals at early stages of life is an approach that complements traditional policy interventions aimed to alleviate poverty. The Compassion International child sponsorship program focuses their work on the emotional, social, and spiritual development of sponsored children. This study uses age-eligibility as an instrument for sponsorship to investigate the impacts of child sponsorship on self-esteem, aspirational reference points, aspirational capital, reciprocity and patience. It also implements an innovative way of constructing summary indices using a method proposed by Anderson, M (2008). Results reveal child sponsorship does not have an effect on the sponsored children. In fact, sponsored children seem to reciprocate less and are less patience than non-sponsored children.