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Focused Targeting against Poverty Evidence from Tunisia

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  • Christophe Muller

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    (Universidad di Alicante, Spain)

  • Sami Bibi

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    (Faculte des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion de Tunis (FSEGT) and Unite de Recherche en Econometrie Appliquee (URECA))

Abstract

This paper introduces a new methodology to target direct transfers against poverty. Our method is based on observable correlates and on estimation methods that focus on the poor. Using data from Tunisia, we estimate ÔfocusedÕ transfer schemes that improve anti-poverty targeting performances. Post-transfer poverty can be substantially reduced with the new estimation method. The impact of these schemes on the welfare of the poor is also much stronger than the current food subsidies system in Tunisia. Finally, the obtained levels of undercoverage of the poor is so low that Ôproxy-meansÕ focused transfer schemes becomes a realistic alternative to price subsidies, likely to avoid social unrest.

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Paper provided by Institut d'economie publique (IDEP), Marseille, France in its series IDEP Working Papers with number 0602.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2006
Date of revision: Apr 2006
Handle: RePEc:iep:wpidep:0602

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Keywords: Poverty; Targeting; Transfers.;

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Cited by:
  1. Christophe Muller, 2006. "Optimising Anti-Poverty Transfers With Quantile Regressions," IDEP Working Papers 0601, Institut d'economie publique (IDEP), Marseille, France, revised Feb 2006.
  2. Christophe MULLER and Sami BIBI, 2008. "Focused Transfer Targeting against Poverty Evidence from Tunisia," THEMA Working Papers 2008-37, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.

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