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Poverty alleviation through geographic targeting : how much does disaggregation help?
 
Author:Elbers, Chris; Tomoki Fujii; Lanjouw, Peter; Ozler, Berk; Yin, Wesley; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper series ; no. WPS 3419
Country:Cambodia; Ecuador; Madagascar; Date Stored:2004/10/20
Document Date:2004/10/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Poverty Monitoring & Analysis; Environmental Economics & Policies; Poverty Reduction Strategies; VN-Acb Mis -- IFC-00535908; Rural Poverty Reduction; Poverty Assessment; Services & Transfers to Poor; Health Economics & Finance; Safety Nets and TransfersLanguage:English
Region:East Asia and Pacific; Africa; Latin America & CaribbeanReport Number:WPS3419
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: Using recently completed "poverty maps" for Cambodia, Ecuador, and Madagascar, the authors simulate the impact on poverty of transferring an exogenously given budget to geographically defined subgroups of the population according to their relative poverty status. They find large gains from targeting smaller administrative units, such as districts or villages. But 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 suggest 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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