Breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty? Young people’s education and employment trajectories and outcomes in Brazil’s Bolsa Familia programme

As one of the major innovations in poverty reduction strategies in the past two decades, conditional cash transfers aim to alleviate poverty both in the short and long term, the former through increased basic consumption among poor households, and the latter by building human capital among beneficiary children and youth in order to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

While these programs have seen considerable success in addressing immediate needs and in encouraging the uptake of services, particularly in the health and education sectors, it remains unclear as to if and how these will result in improved educational and labour market trajectories and outcomes that are consistent with long-term, intergenerational poverty reduction.

This study aims to address this gap in our knowledge of the long-term impact of such programmes and to contribute to our broader understanding of the relationship between education and labour markets in poverty reduction.

Hayley Jones
Research Student