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A Proxy Means Test for Sri Lanka : A Proxy Means Test for Sri Lanka

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Sebastian, Ashwini
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Shivakumaran, Shivapragasam
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Silwal, Ani Rudra
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Newhouse, David
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Walker, Thomas
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Yoshida, Nobuo
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2018-08-02T21:31:21Z
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2018-08-02T21:31:21Z
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2018-06
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This paper intends to inform the effort of the Sri Lankan government to reform the targeting efficacy of its social protection programs, in particular, Samurdhi, which currently distributes benefits based on self-reported income. We develop a Proxy Means Test (PMT) for Sri Lanka based on the Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2016 and evaluate its performance for targeting benefits of Samurdhi. The paper considers a range of models and policy parameters that could be applied depending on data availability and country preferences. The results indicate that switching to a PMT could considerably improve the targeting performance of Samurdhi and would significantly improve the poverty impact of the program. We find that the performance of the proposed PMT model suffers when the coefficients are estimated from samples smaller than 1,000 households. However, we do not find a similar loss of model performance when the model is estimated from seasonal data, provided the sample size is sufficiently large. The model we propose could be applied to the targeting of a variety of safety net programs after validating and refining our model by conducting a pilot survey.
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/465611529698573713/A-Proxy-Means-Test-for-Sri-Lanka
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/30125
dc.language
English
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World Bank, Washington, DC
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
dc.subject
PROXY-MEANS TESTING
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POVERTY
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WELFARE
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TARGETING
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SURVEY
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SAFETY NETS
dc.title
A Proxy Means Test for Sri Lanka
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A Proxy Means Test for Sri Lanka
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Working Paper
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2018-06-22
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Publications & Research :: Working Paper
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Publications & Research
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/465611529698573713/A-Proxy-Means-Test-for-Sri-Lanka
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yes
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090224b085c37551_1_0
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30152491
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127524
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true
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en
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/465611529698573713/pdf/A-Proxy-Means-Test-for-Sri-Lanka.pdf
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okr.region.administrative
South Asia
okr.region.country
Sri Lanka
okr.theme
Social protection and risk management
okr.topic
Poverty Reduction :: Inequality
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Poverty Reduction :: Living Standards
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Poverty Reduction :: Poverty Reduction Strategies
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Social Protections and Labor :: Safety Nets and Transfers

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