Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80314
Authors: 
Muller, Christophe
Bibi, Sami
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
CREDIT Research Paper 05/12
Abstract: 
This paper introduces a new methodology to target direct transfers against poverty. Our method is based on observable correlates and on estimation methods that focus on the poor. Using data from Tunisia, we estimate ‘focused’ transfer schemes that improve anti-poverty targeting performances. Post-transfer poverty can be substantially reduced with the new estimation method. The impact of these schemes on the welfare of the poor is also much stronger than the current food subsidies system in Tunisia. Finally, the obtained levels of under-coverage of the poor is so low that ‘proxy-means’ focused transfer schemes becomes a realistic alternative to price subsidies, likely to avoid social unrest.
Subjects: 
Poverty
Targeting
Transfers
JEL: 
D12
D63
H53
I32
I38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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