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Assessing the Targeting Performance of Social Programs: Cape Verde

Diego Angel-Urdinola and Quentin Wodon

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Budget constraints faced by governments in developing countries imply that the targeting performance of public subsidies and social programs (whether the subsidies are provided in cash or in kind) is important for reducing poverty. In this paper, we analyze the distributional properties of the main existing social programs in Cape Verde and assess whether various targeting systems (including proxy means testing and geographic targeting) could help to improve targeting performance.

Keywords: Poverty; social programs; targeting; Cape Verde; benefit incidence; geographic targeting; proxy means testing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H22 I38 D61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-01
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Published in Public Finance for Poverty Reduction: Concepts and Case Studies from Africa and Latin America (edited by Blanca Moreno-Dodson and Quentin Wodon, published in World Bank Directions in Development) (2008): pp. 417-439

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