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To target or not to target? The costs, benefits, and impacts of indicator-based targeting

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  • Houssou, Nazaire
  • Zeller, Manfred

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This paper assesses the cost-effectiveness of indicator-based targeting. Using household survey data from Malawi, we examine whether an indicator-based system is more target and cost-efficient in reaching the poor than universal systems and the currently used mechanisms for targeting agricultural subsidies in the country.

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  • Houssou, Nazaire & Zeller, Manfred, 2011. "To target or not to target? The costs, benefits, and impacts of indicator-based targeting," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(5), pages 627-637.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:36:y:2011:i:5:p:627-637
    DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2011.05.006
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