Decentralizing Eligibility for a Federal Antipoverty Program

creativeworkseries.issn 1564-698X Ravallion, Martin 2012-03-30T07:12:37Z 2012-03-30T07:12:37Z 2009-02-28
dc.description.abstract In theory, the informational advantage of decentralizing the eligibility criteria for a federal antipoverty program could come at a large cost to the program's performance in reaching the poor nationally. Whether this happens in practice depends on the size of the local-income effect on the eligibility cutoffs. China's Di Bao program provides a case study. Poorer municipalities adopt systematically lower thresholds—roughly negating intercity differences in need for the program and generating considerable horizontal inequity, so that poor families in rich cities fare better. The income effect is not strong enough to undermine the program's overall poverty impact; other factors, including incomplete coverage of those eligible, appear to matter more. en
dc.identifier.citation World Bank Economic Review
dc.identifier.issn 1564-698X
dc.publisher World Bank
dc.relation.ispartofseries World Bank Economic Review
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.subject absolute poverty
dc.subject community groups
dc.subject fiscal constraints
dc.subject household survey
dc.subject impact on poverty
dc.subject income
dc.subject income inequality
dc.subject lack of information
dc.subject political influence
dc.subject poor
dc.subject poor areas
dc.subject poor families
dc.subject poor people
dc.subject poverty impact
dc.subject poverty line
dc.subject public spending
dc.subject redistributive policies
dc.subject social policies
dc.subject social spending
dc.subject targeting
dc.title Decentralizing Eligibility for a Federal Antipoverty Program en
dc.title.alternative A Case Study for China en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.type Article de journal fr
dc.type Artículo de revista es
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okr.doctype Journal Article
okr.globalpractice Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
okr.globalpractice Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience
okr.globalpractice Poverty
okr.globalpractice Health, Nutrition, and Population 1
okr.language.supported en
okr.pagenumber 1
okr.pagenumber 30
okr.pdfurl wber_23_1_1.pdf en
okr.peerreview Academic Peer Review
okr.region.administrative East Asia and Pacific China
okr.topic Rural Development
okr.topic Macroeconomics and Economic Growth
okr.topic Health, Nutrition and Population
okr.topic Poverty Reduction :: Rural Poverty Reduction
okr.topic Poverty Reduction :: Inequality
okr.topic Services and Transfers to Poor
okr.topic Poverty Monitoring and Analysis
okr.topic Economic Theory and Research
okr.topic Health Systems Development and Reform
okr.volume 23
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