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Assessing benefit-incidence results using decompositions. The case of health policy in Argentina

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  • Leonardo Gasparini

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    (CEDLAS - Universidad Nacional de La Plata)

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This paper discusses the use of aggregate and microeconometric decompositions to compare benefit-incidence results over time. Decompositions are applied to explore changes in targeting in health policies directed to pregnant women and children under 4 in Argentina. The results suggest that although health public programs are pro-poor, incidence changes in the period 1997-2001 were pro-rich due to at least two factors: a substantial reduction in the fertility rate of poor couples, and an increase in the use of public facilities by wealthier households, likely triggered by the economic crisis.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 4 (2006)
Issue (Month): 40 ()
Pages: 1-10

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-06d60005

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  1. Ricardo Bebczuk, 2009. "SME Access to Credit in Guatemala and Nicaragua: Challenging Conventional Wisdom with New Evidence," CEDLAS, Working Papers, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata 0080, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

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