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Poverty, inequality, and geographic targeting

  • Simler, Kenneth R.
  • Nhate, Virgulino

"This paper applies small area estimation techniques to Mozambican data to develop high resolution (subdistrictlevel) poverty and inequality maps...The picture that emerges is one of considerable local-level economic heterogeneity, with the poor living alongside the nonpoor. Rather than finding stark pockets of intense poverty traps in one part of the country and a relative absence of poverty in other parts, the situation is much more nuanced. This suggests that targeting antipoverty efforts on purely geographic criteria is almost certain to be inefficient, with leakages to the nonpoor and under-coverage of the significant numbers of poor households in areas that are “less poor.”" From Text

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series FCND briefs with number 192.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:fcndbr:192
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