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Distributional Incidence of Social, Infrastructure, and Telecommunication Services in Latin America


  • Marchionni, Mariana
  • Gluzmann, Pablo


This paper performs a distributional incidence analysis to study the patterns describing access to, and expenditures on, basic services (education, health, public transport, water, electricity, gas and telecommunications) in Latin American countries. We find that household expenditures on these services are pro-rich distributed, mainly because poorest households face limited access to services. Also, services with the highest expenditure shares (education, health, and transport) are characterized by moderate to small Kakwani indices, while services with high Kakwani indices (telecommunication and gas) represent a small part of total household consumption, suggesting small distributional effects of potential reforms of services sectors.

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  • Marchionni, Mariana & Gluzmann, Pablo, 2010. "Distributional Incidence of Social, Infrastructure, and Telecommunication Services in Latin America," MPRA Paper 42931, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:42931

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    5. Mariana Marchionni & Walter Sosa-Escudero & Javier Alejo, 2008. "La Incidencia Distributiva del Acceso, Gasto y Consumo de los Servicios Públicos," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0067, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
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    1. Luiz de Mello, 2012. "Fiscal decentralization and public investment," Chapters,in: Decentralization and Reform in Latin America, chapter 5, pages iii-iii Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Distributional Incidence; Social Services; Infrastructure; Telecommunication; Services; Latin America;

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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being


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