Developing a Social Protection Index for Asia

25 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2006

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Bob Baulch

International Food Policy Research Institute

Axel Weber

Asian Development Bank

Joe Wood

Halcrow Group Ltd.

Abstract

Social protection is increasingly seen as an important tool for poverty reduction, but to date there have been few quantitative cross-country assessments of social protection provision. This article develops a social protection index that systematically and consistently quantifies activities at the national level. Four summary indicators representing the cost, coverage, poverty targeting and impact are scaled and weighted to produce an additive index of the overall level of social protection provision. The index is calculated for six very different Asian countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam. Considerable contrasts are revealed between their levels of social protection provision.

Suggested Citation

Baulch, Bob and Weber, Axel and Wood, Joe, Developing a Social Protection Index for Asia. Development Policy Review, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 5-29, January 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=873911 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2006.00311.x

Bob Baulch (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute ( email )

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Washington, DC 20005
United States

Axel Weber

Asian Development Bank

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines
632-632-5946 (Phone)

Joe Wood

Halcrow Group Ltd.

United Kingdom

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