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  • Isabell Adenauer
  • Javier Arze del Granado

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This paper assesses the effectiveness of policies taken by the Burkinabè authorities to protect the poor from the adverse impact of a combined food and oil price shock in 2008. Estimates of the impact based on household survey data and a price pass-through model suggest that these policies were not well-targeted, benefiting the wealthier groups of the population rather than the poor. More effective policy measures, such as a conditional cash transfer system, which is already being implemented on a pilot basis in urban areas, are discussed as an alternative policy option.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 11/202.

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Length: 25
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:11/202

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Keywords: Agricultural prices; Energy prices; Price increases; Social safety nets; cash transfer; subsidies; conditional cash transfer; subsidy; cash transfers; distributional impact; transfer programs; income groups; cash transfer system; cash transfer programs; household survey; fiscal cost; household consumption; vulnerable groups; household data; household survey data; conditional cash transfer program; cash transfer program; input-output; data sources; input subsidies; price subsidies; social safety net; household groups; poverty line; impact of tax; oil subsidies; international food policy research institute; conditional cash transfers; cash transfer systems; household spending; price subsidy; household income; behavioral responses; effective safety nets; universal subsidies; subsidizing; impact of policy; safety nets; living standards; social impact analysis; household welfare; impact analysis; energy subsidies; living standards measurement study; fiscal policy; distributional effects; safety net; impact of price changes on producers;

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  1. Schady, Norbert & Araujo, Maria Caridad, 2006. "Cash transfers, conditions, school enrollment, and child work : evidence from a randomized experiment in Ecuador," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3930, The World Bank.
  2. de Brauw, Alan & Hoddinott, John, 2008. "Must conditional cash transfer programs be conditioned to be effective?: The impact of conditioning transfers on school enrollment in Mexico," IFPRI discussion papers 757, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  3. Ariel Fiszbein & Norbert Schady & Francisco H. G. Ferreira & Margaret Grosh & Niall Keleher & Pedro Olinto & Emmanuel Skoufias, 2009. "Conditional Cash Transfers : Reducing Present and Future Poverty," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2597, October.
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