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Commitment to Equity Assessment (CEQ). A diagnostic framework to assess governments’ fiscal policies. Handbook

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  • Nora Lustig

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    (Tulane University and Center for Global Development)

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Fiscal policy can change poverty and inequality substantially or slightly depending on the government’s redistributive effort. We develop a diagnostic framework to assess how aligned fiscal policies are with supporting a minimum living standard and human capital accumulation, as well as with reducing inequality. The Commitment to Equity Assessment (CEQ) evaluates efforts based on whether governments: i. collect and allocate enough resources to support a minimum living standard for all; ii. collect and distribute resources equitably; iii. ensure that spending is fiscally sustainable and that programs are of good quality and incentive compatible; iv. collect and publish relevant information, as well as are subject to independent evaluations. CEQ relies on inequality, poverty and tax and benefit incidence analyses.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 212.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2011-212

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Keywords: poverty; inequality; fiscal incidence; social policy; Latin America.;

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  1. Nora Lustig, 2011. "Fiscal policy and income redistribution in Latin America: Challenging the conventional wisdom," Working Papers 227, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. Nora Lustig, 2011. "The Knowledge Bank and poverty reduction," Working Papers 209, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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