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Anti-Poverty Transfers without Riots in Tunisia

Christophe Muller

Working Papers. Serie AD from Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie)

Abstract: In this paper, we draw some lessons from the Tunisian experience of social reforms and associated civil conflict. Our main interest is the riots that occurred after subsidy cuts and the attempts at substitution of price subsidies by direct cash transfers. We propose new welfare indicators apt to assess policy reforms in such situations. Using micro level data, we show that plausible policy decisions depend on parameters describing the balance between poverty and program exclusion risk. In the Tunisian case, only a much larger weight put on poverty relatively to exclusion could bring the decision maker to substitute the in force price subsidies with direct cash transfers.

Keywords: Poverty; Social conflicts; North Africa, Tunisia, Targeting; Social transfers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 H53 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2008-04
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