Reducing Poverty and Violence on the Streets of Monrovia: An Experimental Evaluation of Anti-Poverty Programs for Street Youth in Liberia

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Chris Blattman
May 1, 2010 through August 1, 2011
Location details: 
Africa - Liberia
Development / Poverty alleviation program
Planning document / hypotheses: 
• What are the economic and psychological roots of poverty? Do poverty traps exist, in either the form of psychological and behavioral traits or capital constraints? • In light of these roots, what poverty alleviation strategies work and why? • Do the economic and psychological forces that drive poverty also lead to crime and violence? • Does poverty alleviation also reduce crime and violence? If so, what does this imply for theories of violence?
Sample size: 
Approximately 1,000 street youth
This is a study of poverty, psychology and violence among poor urban youth in post-war Liberia. The research is designed around a set of experimental poverty alleviation programs designed by the author and Julian Jamison, a behavioral economist at the Federal Reserve research department together with Harvard Psychologist Margaret Sheridan. For a full description of the study, and links to any publications, go to
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Last updated: 
January 9, 2012