Evaluating the Impact of Infrastructure Rehabilitation Projects on Household Welfare in Rural Georgia

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Michael Lokshin

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); National Research University Higher School of Economics

Ruslan Yemtsov

World Bank - Social Proteciton and Jobs Global Practice

Date Written: October 2003

Abstract

Lokshin and Yemtsov evaluate the effect of various community level infrastructure rehabilitation projects undertaken in rural Georgia on household well-being. Their analysis is based on combining household and community level survey data. The authors' empirical approach uses the panel structure of the data to control for time-invariant unobservables at the community level by applying propensity-score-matched double difference comparison. The results indicate that improvements in school and road infrastructure produce nontrivial welfare gains for the poor at the village and country levels. The impact of water rehabilitation projects is ambiguous. School rehabilitation projects produce the largest gains for the poor. The methodological lesson from this analysis is that ad hoc community surveys matched with ongoing nationally representative surveys can provide a feasible and low cost impact evaluation tool.

This paper - a joint product of the Poverty Team, Development Research Group, and the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Sector Unit, Europe and Central Asia Region - was conducted as a part of analytical work for Georgia: Poverty Update.

Suggested Citation

Lokshin, Michael and Yemtsov, Ruslan, Evaluating the Impact of Infrastructure Rehabilitation Projects on Household Welfare in Rural Georgia (October 2003). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3155. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=636574

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