Self‐Targeted Food Subsidies and Voice: Evidence from the Philippines

33 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2015  

Aashish Mehta

University of California, Santa Barbara

Shikha Jha

Asian Development Bank

Pilipinas Quising

Asian Development Bank - Economic Research

Date Written: January 1, 2013

Abstract

This paper studies the targeting outcomes of a self‐targeted rice subsidy program in the Philippines. We find modest within‐community targeting outcomes, but weak between‐community targeting. This appears to be because, controlling for the direct influence of household characteristics, participation was lower in poorer communities. These inter‐community differentials are strongly correlated with several proxies for citizen “voice,” including education, income, and access to other public services. This suggests that self‐targeting outcomes are not simply a function of the good selected for subsidy, but are also influenced by variations in communities’ access to usable services; that these variations favor richer communities; and that efforts to enhance consumer voice in disenfranchised communities would facilitate targeting improvements.

Keywords: food subsidy, targeting, geographic targeting, voice, Philippines, National Food Authority

Suggested Citation

Mehta, Aashish and Jha, Shikha and Quising, Pilipinas, Self‐Targeted Food Subsidies and Voice: Evidence from the Philippines (January 1, 2013). Food Policy, Vol. 41, pp. 204-217, 2013 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637629

Aashish Sunil Mehta (Contact Author)

University of California, Santa Barbara ( email )

Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.global.ucsb.edu/people/aashish-mehta

Shikha Jha

Asian Development Bank ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

Pilipinas Quising

Asian Development Bank - Economic Research ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

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