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Simulating the impact of geographic targeting on poverty alleviation in Morocco : what are the gains from disaggregation ?, Volume 1
Author:Douidich, Mohammed; Ezzrari, Abdeljouad; Lanjouw, Peter; Country:Morocco;
Date Stored:2008/09/24Document Date:2008/09/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Population Policies; Small Area Estimation Poverty Mapping; Services & Transfers to Poor; Rural Poverty Reduction
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Public Administration, Law, and Justice
Rel. Proj ID:MA-Targeting For Poverty Reduction - Pesw Fy08 -- -- P107016;Region:Middle East and North Africa
Report Number:WPS4724Sub Sectors:General public administration sector
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4724TF No/Name:TF056929-BNPP-WATER:; TF054160-GERMAN PSAF - SR. SOCIAL SCIENTIST, SDV
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors employ the recently completed "poverty map" for Morocco, referring to the year 2004, as a tool for an ex-ante evaluation of the distributional incidence of geographic targeting of public resources. They simulate the impact on poverty of transferring an exogenously given budget to geographically defined sub-groups of the population according to their relative poverty status. In both rural and urban areas, the findings reveal large gains from targeting smaller administrative units, such as communes or districts. However, these gains are still far from the poverty reduction that would be possible had the planners had access to information on household level income or consumption. The results indicate that a useful way forward might be to combine fine geographic targeting using a poverty map with within-community targeting mechanisms.

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