Texto para Discussão, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) 1416
We estimate the distributions of the eligible public, benefits and coverage levels of the Brazilian Continuous Cash Benefit Program (BPC) using survey data from the 2000 Census and the 2006 National Household Survey. The estimates show that the eligible population is uniformly distributed along income classes but the benefit is concentrated among the poor, thus the coverage is also higher among the poor. There seems to be insufficient coverage of the poorest population. The program has targeting errors but they are mostly errors of low intensity.