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Means Testing versus Universal Provision in Poverty Alleviation Programmes

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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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  • Besley, Timothy, 1990. "Means Testing versus Universal Provision in Poverty Alleviation Programmes," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 57(225), pages 119-129, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:57:y:1990:i:225:p:119-29
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