Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Development Economics



First Advisor

Elizabeth Katz


What are the impacts of TOMS shoe donations in rural El Salvador? This paper tries to answer the question by studying the changes in time allocation among children age 6 to 12 years in El Salvador. By taking advantage of a Randomized Control Trial performed between January 15, 2012 and February 21, 2013 I study time allocation differences between baseline and follow-up periods among treatment and control groups. The primary findings of the study show that children part of treatment communities reduced the time spent on school related activities by approximately 0.657 hours per day while increasing the time spent on other activities by 0.66 hours. These results are significant and robust to different specifications. These findings suggest that the type of shoe donation matters in its effect on time allocation, giving light to the importance of understanding the context and environment that the target population is exposed to in a particular country.