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Does Conditionality Matter For Adults' Health? Evidence From A Randomized Experiment

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Executive Summary

The authors present evidence on how the requirement to attend health and nutrition sessions affects the health behavior of adults living in households targeted by a nutritional program in rural Mexico. The evaluation sample of the Programa de Apoyo Alimentario (PAL) is unique in having four different treatment types, which are randomly assigned to four different groups of localities, with one group designated to receive transfers but without any requirement to attend health and nutrition courses. They find that attendance at educational sessions does not affect drinking and smoking behavior, but significantly reduces the probability of having a large waist circumference among women.

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