by Leticia Bartholo
International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, August 2016
This Policy Research Brief summarises the main results of nationwide quantitative research on the Bolsa Família programme (PBF) and gender relations. It finds that the PBF has increased targeted women’s access to prenatal care, as well as their decision-making autonomy over domestic issues. Moreover, an econometric analysis did not find significant changes in PBF beneficiaries’ degree of participation in the labour market, but there are indications that a reduction in the number of hours dedicated to productive work by targeted women is offset by an increase in the number of hours devoted to domestic chores – which does not occur among male beneficiaries.