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
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
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