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Submitted by Laura on

Thanks Ugo - I really enjoyed reading your post and the associated paper. I think from the comments above you have helped spur a great discussion. To follow on from some of the earlier comments and your own suggestions, it seems that a detailed understanding cost-effectiveness is somewhat lacking. For example, understanding the costs associated with leakage rather than just delivery costs between modalities, the likelihood of leakage between modalities, and the benefits beyond food security that any of the modalities might bring.
By the way there was really interesting research on the price effects of in-kind vs. cash transfers by J-Pal in southern Mexico: http://www.povertyactionlab.org/evaluation/price-effects-cash-versus-kind-transfers. In this one study they find price decreases for in-kind transfers, which translates into a real welfare gain (who are net consumers) for recipients. However, it is just one study/piece of evidence.