Poverty Alleviation Through Geographic Targeting: How Much Does Disaggregation Help?

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Chris Elbers

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics; Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA)

Tomoki Fujii

Singapore Management University - School of Economics

Peter F. Lanjouw

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Berk Ozler

World Bank - Development Economics Research Group (DECRG)

Wesley Yin

University of Chicago - Harris Public Policy; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Public Policy & Social Research

Date Written: October 2004

Abstract

Using recently completed "poverty maps" for Cambodia, Ecuador, and Madagascar, the authors simulate the impact on poverty of transferring an exogenously given budget to geographically defined subgroups of the population according to their relative poverty status. They find large gains from targeting smaller administrative units, such as districts or villages. But these gains are still far from the poverty reduction that would be possible had the planners had access to information on household level income or consumption. The results suggest that a useful way forward might be to combine fine geographic targeting using a poverty map with within-community targeting mechanisms.

This paper - a product of the Poverty Team, Development Research Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to develop tools for the analysis of poverty and income distribution.

Keywords: Targeting, Poverty, Poverty Maps

JEL Classification: C15, I32, H53

Suggested Citation

Elbers, Chris and Fujii, Tomoki and Lanjouw, Peter F. and Ozler, Berk and Yin, Wesley, Poverty Alleviation Through Geographic Targeting: How Much Does Disaggregation Help? (October 2004). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3419. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=625297

Chris Elbers

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA) ( email )

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Tomoki Fujii

Singapore Management University - School of Economics ( email )

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Peter F. Lanjouw

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

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Berk Ozler (Contact Author)

World Bank - Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

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Wesley Yin

University of Chicago - Harris Public Policy ( email )

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Public Policy & Social Research ( email )

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