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Poverty-dominant program reforms: the role of targeting and allocation rules

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  • Paul Makdissi

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    (Département d'économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Quentin Wodon

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    (AFTPM, World Bank)

  • Jean-Yves Duclos

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    (Pavillon De sève, Université Laval, Sainte-Foy, Québec, Canada)

Abstract

We propose simple graphical methods to identify poverty-reducing marginal reforms of transfer programs. The methods are based on Program Dominance curves that display cumulative program benefits weighted by powers of poverty gaps. These curves can be decomposed simply as sums of targeting dominance curves and allocation dominance ones, and can serve to verify whether the assessment of marginal program reforms is sensitive to the choice of poverty lines and poverty measures as well as to differences across programs in revenue sources and incentive effects.

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Paper provided by Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 02-11.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2002
Date of revision: 2004
Handle: RePEc:shr:wpaper:02-11

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Keywords: Poverty; Targeting; Public Policy; Stochastic Dominance;

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  2. Suryadarma, Daniel & Yamauchi, Chikako, 2013. "Missing public funds and targeting performance: Evidence from an anti-poverty transfer program in Indonesia," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 103(C), pages 62-76.
  3. Quentin Wodon, 2012. "Improving the Targeting of Social Programs in Ghana," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13082, January.

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