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Public Transfers, Equivalence Scales and Poverty in Canada and the United States

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  • Paul Makdissi

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    (GREDI, Département d'économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Quentin Wodon

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    (World Bank, Washington)

  • Yannick Therrien

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    (Ministère des finances, Québec, Washington Yannick Therrien)

Abstract

The evaluation of the impact on poverty of social programs depends on how other programs are treated in the analysis and on the assumptions used for estimating poverty measures. This paper applies a simple yet sound method for allocating between various programs the total poverty reduction obtained from several programs. Estimates of program impacts are also provided for a range of equivalence scales, poverty measures, and poverty lines in both Canada and the United States.

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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 05-04.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:shr:wpaper:05-04

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Keywords: Poverty; transfers; taxes; Canada; United States.;

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  1. Jean-Yves Duclos & Paul Makdissi, 2005. "Sequential Stochastic Dominance And The Robustness Of Poverty Orderings," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 51(1), pages 63-87, 03.
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  5. Duclos, Jean-Yves & Makdissi, Paul & Wodon, Quentin, 2003. "Poverty-Reducing Tax Reforms with Heterogeneous Agents," Cahiers de recherche 0313, CIRPEE.
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