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The benefit-incidence of public spending: the Caribbean experience

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  • John Gafar

    (Department of Economics, Long Island University, USA)

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    This paper shows that public spending on basic services, to wit, primary and secondary education and basic health care benefit the poor; while the non-poor are the principal beneficiaries of tertiary and education subsidies and hospital spending. The evidence also shows that expenditures on infrastructure spending in the Caribbean benefit the non-poor disproportionately more than the poor. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 449-468

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:18:y:2006:i:4:p:449-468

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