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Coping with intelligence deficits in poverty-alleviation policies in low-income countries

William Ascher ()
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William Ascher: Claremont McKenna College

Policy Sciences, 2021, vol. 54, issue 2, No 5, 345-370

Abstract: Abstract Poverty-alleviation initiatives in lower-income countries are challenged by intelligence deficits that cause suboptimal designs that threaten their effectiveness, targeting, and sustainability. The uncertainty of theory and information, the adverse consequences of conventional family-level “means testing,” and unpredictable future events and conditions call for auto-targeting and auto-correcting policy designs with built-in adaptive capacity. Numerous categories and examples of these designs from multiple countries are presented.

Keywords: Lower-income countries; Intelligence deficits; Policy sciences; Poverty alleviation; Auto-correcting policy designs; Auto-targeting policy designs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s11077-020-09412-0

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