An Exercise to Evaluate an Anti-Poverty Program with Multiple Outcomes Using Program Evaluation

13 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2013 Last revised: 25 May 2015

Date Written: November 16, 2013

Abstract

Anti-poverty programs implemented in developing countries typically have multiple goals beyond improving income levels. In order to provide a comprehensive measure of program effectiveness in the presence of multiple outcomes, I introduce multidimensional poverty measures to the program evaluation literature. I combine robust multidimensional poverty measures with difference-in-difference matching estimators to evaluate the impact of the Targeting the Ultra-Poor (TUP) program undertaken in Bangladesh. This project aimed to improve the well-being of families living in chronic poverty. I find that the TUP program reduced multidimensional poverty among the treated group by 18 percentage points relative to the comparison group.

Keywords: Program evaluation, Multidimensional poverty index, BRAC

JEL Classification: I32, C93

Suggested Citation

Islam, T. M. Tonmoy, An Exercise to Evaluate an Anti-Poverty Program with Multiple Outcomes Using Program Evaluation (November 16, 2013). Economics Letters, Vol. 122, No. 2, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2294574 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2294574

T. M. Tonmoy Islam (Contact Author)

Elon University ( email )

Elon, NC 27244
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.tmtonmoyislam.com

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