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Poverty Targeting Classifications and Distributional Effects


  • Elio H Londero

    (Inter-American Development Bank)


This paper reviews two common definitions of poverty targeted projects, discusses the limitations of poverty targeting classifications, calls for a poverty focused cost-benefit analysis that looks at the main policy constraints affecting the distribution of project benefits, and argues for looking at the distribution of net benefits. Finally, it offers some conclusions for the distributionally-minded applied economists.

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  • Elio H Londero, 2004. "Poverty Targeting Classifications and Distributional Effects," Public Economics 0407012, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0407012
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    1. Elio H Londero, 2004. "Measuring Benefits, Tracing Distributional Effects, and Affecting Distributional Outcomes," Public Economics 0407011, EconWPA.
    2. Asad K. Ghalib, 2011. "Estimating the depth of microfinance programme outreach: empirical findings from rural Pakistan," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 15411, BWPI, The University of Manchester.

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    cost-benefit; poverty; targeting; 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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