Targeting ultra-poor households in Honduras and Peru
AbstractFor policy purposes, it is important to understand the relative efficacy of various methods to target the poor. Recently, participatory methods have received particular attention. We examine the effectiveness of a hybrid two-step process that combines a participatory wealth ranking and a verification household survey, relative to two proxy means tests (the Progress out of Poverty Index and a housing index), in Honduras and Peru. The methods we examine perform similarly to one another by various metrics. They all target most accurately in the cases of the poorest and the wealthiest households but perform with mixed results among households in the middle of the distribution. Ultimately, given similar performance, the analysis suggests that costs should be the driving consideration in choosing across methods.
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- Dean Karlan & Bram Thuysbaert, 2013. "Targeting Ultra-poor Households in Honduras and Peru," Working Papers, Economic Growth Center, Yale University 1033, Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
- Karlan, Dean S. & Thuysbaert, Bram, 2013. "Targeting ultra-poor households in Honduras and Peru," CEPR Discussion Papers 9740, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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- O12 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
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