Reforming Food Subsidy Schemes: Estimating the Gains from Self-targeting in India
The paper uses the theoretical framework of the theory of tax reform to analyze whether a "small" change in an existing food subsidy program can be both welfare-improving and revenue-neutral. It shows how existing econometric methods can be adapted to estimate demand parameters even when household-level data exhibit little price variation because the government controls food prices. The methodology is used to estimate welfare changes from shifting a rupee of subsidy on existing commodities to coarse cereals in the Indian public distribution system. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004..
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Volume (Year): 8 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (05)
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