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Les restaurants du coeur : pour qui et pourquoi ?
[Food Aid for the Poor or Social Support? Case Study on a Belgian Social Restaurant]

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  • Mulquin, Marie-Eve
  • Siaens, Corinne
  • Wodon, Quentin

Many private non-profit organizations play an active role assisting the poor. Those organizations often benefit from government subsidies, which makes it important to assess the benefits of their programs. This paper provides a statistical analysis of the characteristics of the clients of a social restaurant providing free food in Namur, Belgium. The restaurant is successful in reaching very poor individuals. Yet many clients come less to satisfy their food needs than to socialize. The restaurant thus appears to contribute to the fight against social exclusion as much as to that against poverty per se.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 10504.

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Date of creation: Jul 1998
Publication status: Published in Portrait socio-économique de la Belgique (CIFOP, edited by B. Lypsic and P. Pestieau) 13ème Congrès des Economistes Belges de Langue Française (1998): pp. 265-278
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:10504
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  1. Bruce, Neil & Waldman, Michael, 1991. "Transfers in Kind: Why They Can Be Efficient and Nonpaternalistic," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 81(5), pages 1345-1351, December.
  2. Mulquin, Marie-Eve & Wodon, Quentin, 1998. "Les plus pauvres bénéficient-ils des aides sociales? Le cas des aides à l’énergie
    [Do the Poorest Benefit from Social Programs? The Case of Policies to Prevent Electricity Cuts]
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