Policy Options for Poverty Alleviation

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Miguel Székely

Center for Education and Social Studies

Date Written: March 1997

Abstract

This work builds on previous research to develop a methodology that simplifies the identification of the best policy options for poverty alleviation in a given country. When a population can be divided into subgroups according to an easily identifiable characteristic, the problem of alleviating poverty through a targeted mechanism can be viewed as one of choosing of three options: (i) provoking a marginal change in the average income of certain subgroups; (ii) changing the resource distribution within marginal subgroups; and (iii) generating a marginal change in the differences between the subgroups. Recent data from Mexico is applied.

Suggested Citation

Székely, Miguel, Policy Options for Poverty Alleviation (March 1997). IDB Working Paper No. 283. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1815971 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1815971

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Center for Education and Social Studies ( email )

Mexico City
Mexico

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