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

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Hanan G. Jacoby

World Bank - Agriculture and Rural Development Department; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Jacoby, Hanan G., Self-Selection and the Redistributive Impact of In-Kind Transfers: An Econometric Analysis. JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES, Vol. 32, No. 2, Spring 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=8556

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