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Targeting and Self-Targeting in a New Social Assistance Scheme

  • Micklewright, John

    ()

    (Institute of Education, University of London)

  • Coudouel, Aline

    ()

    (World Bank)

  • Marnie, Sheila

    ()

    (UNICEF)

The analysis of targeting of cash benefits is typically silent on whether any success is due to encouraging claims from the poor or to the decisions of administrators on the claims they receive. By contrast, the paper models the probabilities of households’ knowledge of a new social assistance scheme, of a claim conditional on knowledge, and of an award conditional on knowledge and claim. It uses household survey data from Uzbekistan where a new social assistance benefit is administered by community organisations. The paper therefore also illustrates problems of design of decentralised social assistance schemes in developing countries.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1112.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2004
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1112
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  1. Galasso, Emanuela & Ravallion, Martin, 2005. "Decentralized targeting of an antipoverty program," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(4), pages 705-727, April.
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  3. Duclos, Jean-Yves, 1995. "Modelling the take-up of state support," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 58(3), pages 391-415, November.
  4. Aline Coudouel & Sheila Marnie & John Micklewright, 1998. "Targeting Social Assistance in a Transition Economy: the Mahallas in Uzbekistan," Innocenti Occasional Papers, Economic Policy Series iopeps98/4, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.
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  6. Micklewright, John & Ismail, Suraiya, 2001. "What Can Child Anthropometry Reveal about Living Standards and Public Policy? An Illustration from Central Asia," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 47(1), pages 65-80, March.
  7. Alderman, Harold, 2002. "Do local officials know something we don't? Decentralization of targeted transfers in Albania," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 83(3), pages 375-404, March.
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