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Title:Evaluating the performance of means-tested benefits in Bulgaria PDF Logo
Authors:Tasseva, Iva Valentinova
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2012-18
Abstract:Little is known about the effectiveness of means-tested benefits in Bulgaria. Using individual and household level data, I analyse the performance of two social assistance and two means- tested child benefits. I find that the programmes reach a very small proportion of the households with incomes below a relative poverty line. Furthermore, the transfers are characterized with very high non-take up and inclusion of non-entitled or non-poor recipients. Poverty rates decrease by a small degree among benefit clients and yet, the impact is insufficient to affect overall poverty, or for the benefits to achieve their ultimate goals.
Subjects:benefit non-take up
leakage
exclusion and inclusion errors
means-tested benefits
poverty
microsimulation
JEL:D31
D61
D63
H55
I32
I38
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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