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The Evaluation of the Benefits of Basic Need Policies


  • Pasquale L. Scandizzo
  • Odin K. Knudsen


This paper presents a method to quantify social benefits of basic need policies by (a) relating their definition to the degree of fulfillment of accepted social standards, and (b) recasting the analysis of basic need projects within the general framework of shadow pricing in cost-benefit analysis. An empirical application of this method shows that in poor countries, the attempt at upholding a standard of minimum food consumption for the poor would put substantial premiums on food production over and above world (or domestic supply) prices provided that the increased food supply results in sufficiently higher consumption for the undernourished.

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  • Pasquale L. Scandizzo & Odin K. Knudsen, 1980. "The Evaluation of the Benefits of Basic Need Policies," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 62(1), pages 46-57.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:62:y:1980:i:1:p:46-57.

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    1. Scobie, Grant McDonald, 1981. "Government policy and food imports: the case of wheat in Egypt," Research reports 29, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Chisari, Omar O. & Rodríguez-Pardina, Martín, 1998. "Algunos determinantes de la inversión en sectores de infraestructura en la Argentina," Oficina de la CEPAL en Buenos Aires (Estudios e Investigaciones) 28435, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).

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