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Estimation of rates of return of social protection instruments. Making the case for non-contributory social transfers in Cambodia

Andrés Mideros, Franziska Gassmann () and Pierre Mohnen ()

No 2013-063, MERIT Working Papers from United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)

Abstract: This study estimates the rates of return RoR of non-contributory social transfer programmes in Cambodia using household data and going beyond standard cost efficiency analyses by developing a dynamic micro simulation. It shows that social protection promotes equitable economic growth by enhancing human development and fostering economic performance at the micro level. A positive RoR is achieved after 12 periods and can reach between 12 per cent and 15 per cent after 20 periods. This study shows that micro simulation models can be extended in order to analyse the economic returns on social protection.

Keywords: Statistical Simulation Methods; Public Economics; Welfare and Poverty; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs; Economic Development; Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C15 H00 I38 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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