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Public spending and poverty in Mozambique

  • Heltberg, Rasmus
  • Simler, Kenneth
  • Tarp, Finn

For poor countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, poverty reduction usually requires a combination of well-distributed economic growth and increased investment in human capital, especially among the poor. Two key areas for such investment are education and health, both sectors in which the state is the major service provider. A third area that is often cited is physical capital, and public infra-structure in particular. Faced with tight fiscal constraints, governments must ensure that spending on public services and infrastructure is efficient and benefits the poor. Using data from Mozambique, this study asks the question, “Who benefits from public spending on education, health, and infrastructure?” In addition to the poverty reduction imperative that most poor countries face, Mozambique also faces the challenge of rebuilding after decades of war that devastated the country.

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series FCND briefs with number 167.

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