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Assessing the Frontiers of Ultra-Poverty Reduction: Evidence from CFPR/TUP, an Innovative Program in Bangladesh

  • M. Shahe Emran

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  • Stephen C. Smith

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    (Department of Economics/Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University)

  • Virginia Robano

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    (Department of Economics, George Washington University)

This paper uses household panel data to provide robust evidence on the effects of BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra-poor Program in Bangladesh. Our identification strategy exploits type-1 errors in assignment, comparing households correctly included with those incorrectly excluded, according to program criteria. Evidence from difference-in-difference matching and sensitivity analysis shows that participation had significant positive effects on income, food consumption and security, household durables, and livestock, but no robust impact on health, ownership of homestead land, housing quality and other productive assets. Using quantile difference-in-difference, we find that the income gains from program participation is smaller for the lowest two deciles.

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Paper provided by The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy in its series Working Papers with number 2009-06.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Publication status: forthcoming.
Handle: RePEc:gwi:wpaper:2009-06
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