Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Shuang Zhang

Second Advisor

Terra McKinnish

Third Advisor

Amanda Stevenson


Conditional cash transfers are popular development programs throughout most of Latin America. Recent studies find positive short and medium-term impacts for health and education outcomes of participants. This paper examines the differing effects of the Brazilian conditional cash transfer program, Bolsa Familia, on rural and urban infant mortality. Utilizing an interaction model and data from the years 2001-2008, I find that rural areas on average experienced a 6.21% higher reduction in infant mortality rates than their urban counterparts. Controlling for factors that could potentially alter infant mortality, results maintain original findings and are statistically significant.