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Program participation under means-testing and self-selection targeting methods

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  • Coady, David P.
  • Parker, Susan W.

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"The use of means testing for determining eligibility has become increasingly popular in developing countries wishing to improve the targeting performance of their social safety net programs. However, past experience shows that means testing often reduces program participation of eligible households—this is true even for universally available programs in developed countries. High non-take-up rates reflect the important role that self-selection patterns can play in program participation levels by different socioeconomic groups. Yet there is still very little empirical evidence on the nature and magnitude of the trade-offs between program coverage of the eligible population and targeting performance, especially for developing countries. This paper contributes to filling this gap by evaluating the targeting." From Text

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series FCND briefs with number 191.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:fcndbr:191

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Keywords: Means testing ; Targeting performance ; Social safety nets ; Progress ; households ; Oportunidades ;

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Cited by:
  1. Reyes, Celia M., 2006. "Alternative Means Testing Options Using CBMS," Discussion Papers DP 2006-22, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  2. Persson, U. Martin & Alpizar, Francisco, 2011. "Conditional Cash Transfers and Payments for Environmental Services: A Conceptual Framework for Explaining and Judging Differences in Outcomes," Discussion Papers dp-11-06-efd, Resources For the Future.
  3. Martin Persson, U. & Alpízar, Francisco, 2013. "Conditional Cash Transfers and Payments for Environmental Services—A Conceptual Framework for Explaining and Judging Differences in Outcomes," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 124-137.
  4. Celia M. Reyes, 2006. "Alternative Means Testing Options Using CBMS," Development Economics Working Papers 22685, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.

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