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Poverty Traps and the Social Protection Paradox

Munenobu Ikegami (), Michael Carter, Christopher Barrett () and Sarah A. Janzen

No 22714, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Progressively targeted cash transfers remain the dominant policy response to chronic poverty in developing countries. But are there alternative social protection policies that might have larger poverty impacts over time for the same public expenditure? To explore this question, this paper develops a dynamic stochastic model of of consumption and asset accumulation by households that confront a non-convex production technology and face missing financial markets. The model demonstrates that a hybrid social protection policy, which devotes resources to funding “state of the world contingent transfers” (SWCTs) to vulnerable, but non-poor households in the wake of negative shocks, can result in lower rates of poverty in the medium term than does a conventional cash transfer policy. We also explore the prospects for using subsidized index insurance as a way to implement SWCTs and find that an insurance-based hybrid policy can result in lower total public expenditures than a conventional cash transfer social protection program.

JEL-codes: D91 I32 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-10
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Published as Poverty Traps and the Social Protection Paradox , Munenobu Ikegami, Michael R. Carter, Christopher B. Barrett, Sarah Janzen. in The Economics of Poverty Traps , Barrett, Carter, and Chavas. 2019

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