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A Public Finance Approach to Assessing Poverty Alleviation

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  • Shlomo Yitzhaki

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This paper points out the similarities and differences between cost-benefit analysis and tax reform. By restricting the analysis to the margin it is shown that both areas can be handled by the same method. In both areas, there is a need to define social distributional weights and to evaluate the Marginal Efficiency of Public Funds (MECF). It is suggested that the social distributional weights be derived from popular inequality indices. Such derivation, enables the decomposition of the impact of the project (tax reform) on growth and redistribution so that one can evaluate the trade-off between the two.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 8062.

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  1. Ajwad, Mohamed Ishan & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Who Benefits from Increased Access to Public Services at the Local Level? A Marginal Benefit Incidence Analysis for Education and Basic Infrastructure," MPRA Paper 12309, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Wodon, Quentin & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 2002. "Desigualdad y bienestar social
    [Inequality and Social Welfare]
    ," MPRA Paper 10487, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Wodon, Quentin & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 2002. "Inégalité et bien-être social
    [Inequality and Social Welfare]
    ," MPRA Paper 10488, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Wodon, Quentin & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 2002. "Inequality and Social Welfare," MPRA Paper 12298, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Wodon, Quentin & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 2002. "Неравенство И Общественное Благосостояние
    [Inequality and Social Welfare]
    ," MPRA Paper 10489, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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