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Measuring Benefits, Tracing Distributional Effects, and Affecting Distributional Outcomes


  • Elio H Londero

    (Inter-American Development Bank)


This paper shows the differences between how benefits are estimated and how they are distributed, calls attention to the policy variables that are crucial in explaining certain distributional outcomes, explores the importance of looking at the demand for characteristics when trying to benefit the poor, and suggests areas for research.

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  • Elio H Londero, 2004. "Measuring Benefits, Tracing Distributional Effects, and Affecting Distributional Outcomes," Public Economics 0407011, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0407011
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    cost-benefit; poverty; distribution; distributional effects; project; project analysis; project appraisal; project evaluation;

    JEL classification:

    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • H - Public Economics

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