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Are Targeted Unconditional Cash Transfers Effective? Evidence from a Poor Region in India


  • Aswini Kumar Mishra

    () (BITS, Pilani – K K Birla Goa Campus)

  • Atasi Kar

    () (Sikkim Manipal University - Directorate of Distance Education)


Abstract The paper is based on a well-focused and purposive field survey of 200 randomly selected sample households (HHs) from 20 villages of Odisha (the poorest state) in India, provides a critique of present institutional arrangements for delivery of social security measures-in terms of outreach and effectiveness. The exercise shows, on the one hand, the dissonance between below poverty line households and asset/wealth position of households and thus there is strong evidence of inclusion and exclusion errors and on the other, weak targeting efficiency and an important determinant of which seems to be what is called HH social/structural capital.

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  • Aswini Kumar Mishra & Atasi Kar, 2017. "Are Targeted Unconditional Cash Transfers Effective? Evidence from a Poor Region in India," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 130(2), pages 819-843, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:130:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s11205-015-1187-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s11205-015-1187-z

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