Means Testing versus Universal Provision in Poverty Alleviation Programmes
This paper contrasts the use of means-tested and universal schemes in the alleviation of poverty. Using a class of poverty measures, the authors illustrate the trade-off from the fact that means testing is costly to both the government and the claimant, while universal provision entails a leakage to the nonpoor. The paper provides numerical, as well as analytical, results. Copyright 1990 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Volume (Year): 57 (1990)
Issue (Month): 225 (February)
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