Self-Selection and the Redistributive Impact of In-Kind Transfers: An Econometric Analysis
JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES, Vol. 32, No. 2, Spring 1997
Posted: 4 Jun 1997
Self-targeting welfare programs have received increasing attention from economists and policy-makers alike. This paper provides evidence on the redistributive impact of transferring low quality goods in-kind. I study a school feeding program in Jamaica, which distributes a bland snack to all students. Poorer households and those with more eligible children are found significantly more likely to self-select into the program. But against these targeting benefits is a large estimated deadweight loss.
JEL Classification: I38, J13, O54
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