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Fiscal Space and Public Spending on Children in Burkina Faso1
[Burkina Faso. Classification-JEL: I32, D58, C50, O55]

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  • John Cockburn

    () (Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) and Université Laval Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 1025 avenue des Sciences-Humaines Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6, CANADA)

  • Hélène Maisonnave

    () (EDEHN, Department of Economics, Université du Havre 25 rue Philippe Lebon, 76600 Le Havre, FRANCE and PEP network (www.pep-net.org))

  • Véronique Robichaud

    () (Independent researcher and Resource person - PEP network, Université Laval Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 1025 avenue des Sciences-Humaines Address Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6, CANADA)

  • Luca Tiberti

    () (Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) and Université Laval Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 1025 avenue des Sciences-Humaines Address Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6, CANADA)

Abstract

Despite experiencing high growth rates in recent decades, Burkina Faso remains a poor country. Poverty among children is particularly worrying, as it has long term (and often irreversible) effects on individuals. Furthermore, it can be transmitted from one generation to the next and significantly reduce economic growth. To address this issue requires fiscal and budgetary policies supporting health, education and improving the household economy. At the same time, the Burkina Fasos budget deficit has grown in recent years as a result of various crises, which have hit the country. This study uses a macro-micro model to evaluate three different policy interventions aimed at reducing child poverty in Burkina Faso under given budgetary constraints. The results indicate that increased public education spending helps raise school participation and promotion rates. This increases the supply and education level of skilled workers, leading to a reduced incidence and depth of both monetary and caloric poverty. A cash transfer scenario reduces child poverty even more.

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  • John Cockburn & Hélène Maisonnave & Véronique Robichaud & Luca Tiberti, 2016. "Fiscal Space and Public Spending on Children in Burkina Faso1
    [Burkina Faso. Classification-JEL: I32, D58, C50, O55]
    ," International Journal of Microsimulation, International Microsimulation Association, vol. 9(1), pages 5-23.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijm:journl:v:9:y:2016:i:1:p:5-23
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