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Social Assistance in Albania. Decentralization and Targeted Transfers

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  • Alderman, H.

Abstract

Albania provides a small amount of social assistance to nearly 20 % of its population through a system that allows a degree of community discretion in determining distribution. This study investigates the poverty targeting of this program. It indicates that relative to other safety net programs in low income countries, social assistance in Albania is fairly well targeted to the poor. Moreover, the poverty targeting exceeds that which could be expected on the basis of proxy indicators of targeting alone; communes appear to be using local information. Nevertheless, a large number of poor are excluded from social assistance. Moreover, the system is hampered by the absence of a clear objective criterion to determine the size of the grants from the center to communes and limited information that might be used to implement this criterion.

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  • Alderman, H., 1998. "Social Assistance in Albania. Decentralization and Targeted Transfers," Papers 134, World Bank - Living Standards Measurement.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wobali:134
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    Keywords

    ALBANIA ; SOCIAL SECURITY ; DECENTRALIZATION;

    JEL classification:

    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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