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Type Journal Article - Development Policy Review
Title A regional multiplier approach to estimating the impact of cash transfers on the market: The case of cash transfers in rural Malawi
Volume 26
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Page numbers 91-111
URL https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/3724/1/MPRA_paper_3724.pdf
This paper analyses the impact on the local economy of an emergency cash transfer
programme in rural Malawi. The results are of interest given the growing use of cash
transfers as development aid as well as the increasing popularity of such transfers as a
form of social protection across Sub-Saharan Africa. Using a form of social
accounting matrix, we find that there are widespread benefits for regional economy as
a whole (with multiplier estimates of 2.02 to 2.45) and for certain groups in particular.
Small farmers and small businesses gain particular advantage as this is where poorer
households’ purchases are focused; education and health also benefit. Such payments
can also help to support the regional economy during the most “lean” periods of the

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