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On the targeting and redistributive efficiencies of alternative transfer instruments

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  • Coady, David P.
  • Skoufias, Emmanuel

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The paper shows how the so-called distributional characteristic of a policy instrument can be additively decomposed into two components; one that captures the targeting efficiency of the instrument, the other its redistributive efficiency. Using these measures, the paper provides an interpretation of the commonly used leakage and undercoverage rates (and other indices based on these concepts) within standard welfare theory. An empirical application of the decomposition approach to Mexican data is presented.

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  • Coady, David P. & Skoufias, Emmanuel, 2001. "On the targeting and redistributive efficiencies of alternative transfer instruments," FCND briefs 100, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:fcndbr:100
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    1. Hoddinott, John & Haddad, Lawrence James & Besley, Tim & Adato, Michelle, 2001. "Participation and poverty reduction," FCND briefs 98, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Menon, Purnima & Ruel, Marie T. & Morris, Saul Sutkover, 2000. "Socio-economic differentials in child stunting are consistently larger in urban than rural areas," FCND briefs 97, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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