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Targeting Maps: An Asset-Based Approach to Geographic Targeting

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  • Lang, Corey
  • Barrett, Christopher B.
  • Naschold, Felix

Proper targeting of policy interventions requires reasonable estimates of the benefits of the alternative options. To inform such decisions, we develop an integrated approach stemming from the small-area estimation literature that estimates the marginal returns to a range of assets across geographically defined subpopulations. We create a series of maps that can be overlaid with traditional poverty maps to identify strong candidate areas for intervention, though an efficiency/equity tradeoff sometimes exists. We apply our method using recent Ugandan data. Results are consistent with independent empirical findings and suggest asset specific transfer schemes would improve with a spatially targeted strategy.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 41 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 232-244

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:41:y:2013:i:c:p:232-244
DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.06.006
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