Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/228338
Authors: 
Kakwani, Nanak
Wang, Xiaobing
Xu, Jing
Yue, Ximing
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
LIS Working Paper Series No. 786
Abstract: 
This paper offers a new way of assessing government cash transfers using a social welfare function framework. It demonstrates how one can use social welfare functions to measure the efficiency of such program s without requir ing the specif ication of a poverty line or particular poverty measures . The paper introduces three alternative principles of targeting, which provide a basis for measuring program efficiency. By applying the methodology developed in this paper , we compare the targeting efficiencies of 44 countries , which include both middle and high income countries .
Subjects: 
Poverty
Policy Evaluation
Social Welfare
Social Rate of Return
International Comparison
JEL: 
C52
H53
I38
O23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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