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Targeting Social Assistance in a Transition Economy: the Mahallas in Uzbekistan

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  • Aline Coudouel
  • Sheila Marnie
  • John Micklewright

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Falling output and living standards have pushed countries in transition from the socialist system to re-consider how best to target public resources on those in need. The paper investigates the workings of a new social assistance benefit in Uzbekistan, the largest of the former Soviet Central Asian republics, administered by community organizations, the Mahallas. Data used from a 1995 household survey to assess the scheme's success in targeting the most vulnerable households, using a variety of indicators including income, durable goods ownership, agricultural assets, employment status, and the anthropometric status of children. The separate probabilities of knowledge of the scheme, of application for benefit, and of award are modelled.

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Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Occasional Papers, Economic Policy Series with number iopeps98/4.

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Length: 32
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:ucf:iopeps:iopeps98/4

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Keywords: economic transition; living standards; social indicators; social policy;

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  1. Duclos, Jean-Yves, 1995. "Modelling the take-up of state support," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(3), pages 391-415, November.
  2. Suraiya Ismail & John Micklewright, 1997. "Living Standards and Public Policy in Central Asia: What can be learned from child anthropometry?," Innocenti Occasional Papers, Economic Policy Series iopeps97/5, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.
  3. UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre. MONEE project, 1998. "Education for All?," Regional Monitoring Report remore98/3, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.
  4. Atkinson,Anthony Barnes & Micklewright,John, 1992. "Economic Transformation in Eastern Europe and the Distribution of Income," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521438827.
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  1. Klugman, Jeni & Micklewright, John & Redmond, Gerry, 2002. "Poverty in the Transition: Social Expenditures and the Working-Age Poor," CEPR Discussion Papers 3389, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Rai, Ashok S., 2002. "Targeting the poor using community information," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(1), pages 71-83, October.
  3. Linden, Leigh L. & Shastry, Gauri Kartini, 2012. "Grain inflation: Identifying agent discretion in response to a conditional school nutrition program," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 128-138.
  4. Olken, Benjamin A., 2005. "Revealed community equivalence scales," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(2-3), pages 545-566, February.
  5. Kilic, Talip & Whitney, Edward & Winters, Paul, 2013. "Decentralized beneficiary targeting in large-scale development programs : insights from the Malawi farm input subsidy program," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6713, The World Bank.
  6. Bingqin Li & Huamin Peng, 2006. "The Social Protection of Rural Workers in the Construction Industry in Urban China," CASE Papers case113, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
  7. Micklewright, John & Coudouel, Aline & Marnie, Sheila, 2004. "Targeting and Self-Targeting in a New Social Assistance Scheme," IZA Discussion Papers 1112, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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