Workfare, Wellbeing and Consumption: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Kenya’s Urban Poor


Workfare and vouchers are often used in social welfare systems, but little empirical evidence exists on their impact on wellbeing. We conducted a randomized experiment in Kenya, and tested two elements of social welfare design: workfare versus welfare and restricted versus unrestricted vouchers. Participants were randomly assigned to a “Work” condition, involving work for unrestricted vouchers, or one of two

  • Country
  • Behavior
    Psychological Well Being
  • Sector
    Social Cohesion
  • Authors
    Syon P. Bhanot, Jiyoung Han, Chaning Jang
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