Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126294
Authors: 
Newman, Carol
Zhang, Mengyang
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2015/031
Abstract: 
We explore the relationship between connections and public transfers in decentralized poverty-targeting programmes. Using panel data from Vietnam we find evidence that households with connections to local government are more likely to be classified as poor, the main determinant of whether households receive public benefits/supports. Social connections play a role by allowing politically connected households to receive supports without being reprimanded by their local community. We identify provision of information as a mechanism through which households use their connections to obtain the poverty classification, suggesting that information campaigns may be an effective means of eliminating local level corruption in poverty-targeting programmes.
Subjects: 
political connections
social connections
decentralization
poverty targeting
Vietnam
JEL: 
O12
I3
D1
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-916-9
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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