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Intrahousehold inequality and the theory of targeting

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  • Haddad, Lawrence
  • Kanbur, Ravi

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The two literatures on targeting and on intrahousehold inequality have developed rapidly over the past 15 years, but largely independent of each other. The literature on targeting concerns itself with the design of tax and transfer programs for poverty alleviation in the presence of limited information on who the poor are. The literature on intrahousehold inequality arose out of a dissatisfaction with"unitary"models of the household, especially in explaining inequality in consumption and achievements of different household members, even after allowing for relevant differences among them. The authors begin to forge the link between the two literatures, so they can address issues policymakers face around the world. After a brief reprise of the key features of the two literatures, they indicate how the presence of intrahousehold inequality and allocation mechanisms could affect the standard analysis of targeting theory. They conclude with a list of policy questions for further research.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 789.

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Date of creation: 31 Oct 1991
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:789

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Keywords: Poverty Impact Evaluation; Environmental Economics&Policies; Safety Nets and Transfers; Services&Transfers to Poor; Rural Poverty Reduction;

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  1. Ricardo Hausmann & Miguel Székely, 1999. "Inequality and the Family in Latin America," IDB Publications 6450, Inter-American Development Bank.
  2. Pierre-André Chiappori & Costas Meghir, 2014. "Intrahousehold Inequality," NBER Working Papers 20191, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Ricardo Hausmann & Miguel Székely, 1999. "La desigualdad en América Latina y el Caribe," Research Department Publications, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department 4159, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
  4. Pierre-André Chiappori & Olivier Donni, 2004. "Les modèles non-unitaires de comportement du ménage: un survol de la littérature," Cahiers de recherche, CIRPEE 0426, CIRPEE.
  5. Madden, D., 1999. "The Kids are Alright? An Analysis of Child Benefit using Irish Data," Papers, College Dublin, Department of Political Economy- 99/26, College Dublin, Department of Political Economy-.
  6. Olivier Bargain & Olivier Donni, 2007. "A Theory of Child Targeting," Working Papers, Geary Institute, University College Dublin 200710, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  7. Xu, Zeyu, 2007. "A survey on intra-household models and evidence," MPRA Paper 3763, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Kanbur, Ravi, 2000. "Income distribution and development," Handbook of Income Distribution, Elsevier, in: A.B. Atkinson & F. Bourguignon (ed.), Handbook of Income Distribution, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 13, pages 791-841 Elsevier.
  9. Alderman, Harold & Hoddinott, John & Haddad, Lawrence James & Udry, Christopher, 1995. "Gender differentials in farm productivity," FCND discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 6, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  10. Donni Olivier & Bargain Olivier, 2011. "Targeting and Child Poverty," THEMA Working Papers 2011-05, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
  11. Chiappori, Pierre-André & Donni, Olivier, 2009. "Non-unitary Models of Household Behavior: A Survey of the Literature," IZA Discussion Papers 4603, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  12. Udry, Christopher & Hoddinott, John & Alderman, Harold & Haddad, Lawrence, 1995. "Gender differentials in farm productivity: implications for household efficiency and agricultural policy," Food Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 20(5), pages 407-423, October.

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