Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52805
Authors: 
Heltberg, Rasmus
Simler, Kenneth
Tarp, Finn
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2001/63
Abstract: 
Little is known about the extent to which public spending is targeted towards the poor in Mozambique. The objective of the present paper is to assess whether public expenditures on education and health, in particular, are successful at reaching the poorer segments of the Mozambican population. Standard non-behavioural benefit-incidence methodology is applied, combining individual client information from survey data with provincial-level data on the cost of service provision. Most of the public services we are able to measure turn are moderately progressive, although some of the instruments we could not measure are probably less equally distributed. In Mozambique it appears that regional and gender imbalances in health and education are more significant than income-based differences. Nevertheless, increased public expenditures on health and education—such as that related to the HIPC initiative—are likely to have significant poverty reducing effects.
Subjects: 
government expenditure
poverty and inequality
Mozambique
JEL: 
H42
H51
H52
O55
F34
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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