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Targeting and Coverage of the Bolsa Família Programme: What Is the Meaning of Eleven Million Families?


  • Sergei Suarez Dillon Soares

    () (Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA))


By the second half of 2006, Brazil?s Bolsa Família Programme (Programa Bolsa Família, PBF) had reached its pre-fixed target of covering 11 million families. That target was revised in January 2009, when an increase in coverage was authorised, expanding it to 12.5 million. Since the PBF?s ability to reach the entire poor population is based on the programme?s targeting and size (coverage), Soares et al. (2010) use data from the National Household Sample Survey (Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios, PNAD) to assess whether the programme?s expansion between 2004 and 2006 degraded its progressivity, and they estimate the number of benefits needed to fully encompass the entire target population. They use a targeting analysis tool such as the programme?s incidence concentration coefficient and binary analysis of eligibility versus receipt. (?)

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  • Sergei Suarez Dillon Soares, 2010. "Targeting and Coverage of the Bolsa Família Programme: What Is the Meaning of Eleven Million Families?," One Pager 117, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:opager:117

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    1. Armando Barrientos, 2016. "Inequality, Poverty, and Antipoverty Transfers," Working Papers id:11190, eSocialSciences.

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