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Evaluating the Impact of Government Programs on Social Welfare: The Role of Targeting and the Allocation Rules Among Program Beneficiaries

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  • Quentin Wodon

    (World Bank)

  • Shlomo Yitzhaki

    (Hebrew University)

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A framework is provided for assessing the impact of social programs on welfare using two summary statistics: the mean benefit of the program and a distributional term (the Gini income elasticity of the program). The distributional term is itself decomposed into two components. The first component measures the targeting performance of the program, that is, who is participating and who is not. The second component measures the impact of the allocation rules for the distribution of the benefits among program participants. To help compare different programs, lower and upper bounds are provided for the two components of the distributional terms. Sensitivity analysis with respect to alternative formulations of the social welfare function is performed by using the (extended) Gini income elasticity. The framework is applied to data for three Latin American countries.

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Volume (Year): 30 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 102-123

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Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:30:y:2002:i:2:p:102-123

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  1. Paul Makdissi & Quentin Wodon & Jean-Yves Duclos, 2002. "Poverty-dominant program reforms: the role of targeting and allocation rules," Cahiers de recherche, Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke 02-11, Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke, revised 2004.
  2. Wodon, Quentin & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 2002. "Неравенство И Общественное Благосостояние
    [Inequality and Social Welfare]
    ," MPRA Paper 10489, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Diego Angel-Urdinola & Quentin Wodon, 2007. "Do Utility Subsidies Reach the Poor? Framework and Evidence for Cape Verde, Sao Tome, and Rwanda," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 9(4), pages 1-7.
  4. Wodon, Quentin & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 2002. "Inégalité et bien-être social
    [Inequality and Social Welfare]
    ," MPRA Paper 10488, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Morris, Saul S. & Wodon, Quentin, 2003. "The Allocation of Natural Disaster Relief Funds: Hurricane Mitch in Honduras," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(7), pages 1279-1289, July.
  6. Paul Makdissi & Quentin Wodon, 2012. "Gini Decomposition And Gini Income Elasticity Under Income Variability," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 64(2), pages 184-191, 04.
  7. David Stifel & Harold Alderman, 2005. "Targeting at the Margin: the 'Glass of Milk' Subsidy Programme in Peru," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(5), pages 839-864.
  8. repec:ebl:ecbull:v:9:y:2007:i:4:p:1-7 is not listed on IDEAS
  9. Wodon, Quentin & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 2002. "Inequality and Social Welfare," MPRA Paper 12298, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  10. Francesca Gastaldi & Paolo Liberati & Elena Pisano & Simone Tedeschi, 2014. "Progressivity-Improving VAT Reforms in Italy," Working papers, Società Italiana di Economia Pubblica 6, Società Italiana di Economia Pubblica.
  11. Clert, Carine & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "The Targeting of Government Programs in Chile: A Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment," MPRA Paper 15414, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  12. Duclos, Jean-Yves & Makdissi, Paul & Wodon, Quentin, 2003. "Poverty-Efficient Transfer Programs: The Role of Targeting and Allocation Rules," Cahiers de recherche, CIRPEE 0305, CIRPEE.
  13. Wodon, Quentin & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 2002. "Desigualdad y bienestar social
    [Inequality and Social Welfare]
    ," MPRA Paper 10487, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  14. Ajwad, Mohamed Ishan & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Who Benefits from Increased Access to Public Services at the Local Level? A Marginal Benefit Incidence Analysis for Education and Basic Infrastructure," MPRA Paper 12309, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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