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Rates of return to antipoverty transfers in Uganda

Stephan Dietrich (), Daniele Malerba (), Armando Barrientos () and Franziska Gassmann ()
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Stephan Dietrich: UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University
Daniele Malerba: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik
Armando Barrientos: University of Manchester

No 40, MERIT Working Papers from United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)

Abstract: A growing literature measures the impact of antipoverty transfer programmes on variables of interest among participants in low- and middle-income countries. To date, few studies provide information on net benefits or rates of return from these programmes. This paper constructs estimates of rates of return to an antipoverty transfer programme in Uganda using appropriate welfare weights. Survey and experimental methods empirically validate the range of welfare weights applied. We find that rates of return estimates applying appropriate prioritarian welfare weights are significantly higher than utilitarian rates of return.

Keywords: poverty; income distribution; preference for redistribution; welfare; welfare weights; cash transfers; rates of return; Uganda (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D61 D63 I38 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-09-20
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