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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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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 0407012.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 21 Jul 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0407012
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  5. David Potts, 1999. "Forget the weights, who gets the benefits? How to bring a poverty focus to the economic analysis of projects," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 11(4), pages 581-595.
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