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Public spending and poverty in Mozambique

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  • Heltberg, Rasmus
  • Simler, Kenneth
  • Tarp, Finn

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For poor countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, poverty reduction usually requires a combination of well-distributed economic growth and increased investment in human capital, especially among the poor. Two key areas for such investment are education and health, both sectors in which the state is the major service provider. A third area that is often cited is physical capital, and public infra-structure in particular. Faced with tight fiscal constraints, governments must ensure that spending on public services and infrastructure is efficient and benefits the poor. Using data from Mozambique, this study asks the question, “Who benefits from public spending on education, health, and infrastructure?” In addition to the poverty reduction imperative that most poor countries face, Mozambique also faces the challenge of rebuilding after decades of war that devastated the country.

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series FCND briefs with number 167.

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  2. Andrew McKay, 2009. "Assessing the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Poverty," Working Papers id:2230, eSocialSciences.
  3. Magnus Lindelow, 2004. "The Utilization of Curative Health Care in Mozambique: Does Income Matter?," Development and Comp Systems 0409057, EconWPA.
  4. Magnus Lindelow, 2004. "Sometimes More Equal than Others How the choice of welfare indicator can affect the measurement of health inequalities and the incidence of public spending," Development and Comp Systems 0409018, EconWPA.
  5. Magnus Lindelow, 2006. "Sometimes more equal than others: how health inequalities depend on the choice of welfare indicator," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(3), pages 263-279.
  6. Zahid Asghar & Mudassar Zahra, 2012. "A Benefit Incidence Analysisof Public Spending on Education in PakistanUsing PSLM Data," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 17(2), pages 111-136, July-Dec.
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  10. Lindelow, Magnus, 2004. "Sometimes more equal than others : how health inequalities depend on the choice of welfare indicator," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3329, The World Bank.
  11. Magnus Lindelow, 2003. "The Utilization of Curative Health Care in Mozambique: Does Income Matter?," Economics Series Working Papers WPS/2004-11, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  12. Jindal, Rohit & Kerr, John M. & Carter, Sarah, 2012. "Reducing Poverty Through Carbon Forestry? Impacts of the N’hambita Community Carbon Project in Mozambique," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(10), pages 2123-2135.
  13. Channing Arndt & Sam Jones & Finn Tarp, 2006. "Aid and Development: The Mozambican Case," Discussion Papers 06-13, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  14. Stewart, Frances, 2006. "Policies towards Horizontal Inequalities in Post-Conflict Reconstruction," Working Paper Series RP2006/149, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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