A regional multiplier approach to estimating the impact of cash transfers on the market: the case of cash transfers in rural Malawi

Simon Davies, James Davey

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This article 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. It uses a form of social accounting matrix to show that there are widespread benefits for the regional economy as a whole (with multiplier estimates of 2.02 to 2.45), especially during the most 'lean' periods of the year, and for small farmers and small businesses in particular, as this is where poorer households' purchases are focused; education and health also benefit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-111
Number of pages21
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008



  • International Linkages to Development
  • Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity (R120)
  • and Rural Analyses (O180)
  • Foreign Aid (F350)
  • Role of International Organizations (O190)
  • Regional
  • Economic Development
  • Urban

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