Cash Benefits in Low-Income Countries: Simulating the Effects on Poverty Reduction for Senegal and Tanzania
International Labour Office Discussion Paper No. 15
61 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2006
Date Written: August 2006
Social cash transfers are increasingly recognized as an effective instrument in the reduction of poverty. The objective of the present study is to model the introduction of basic social cash transfer programmes on household welfare, poverty incidence and depth in two African countries: Senegal and Tanzania. Based on household budget survey data, a set of social cash transfers were modelled in terms of their impact on poverty reduction. In addition, a rough cost estimate of the simulated transfers is provided.
Keywords: Cash benefit, social protection, low income, poverty alleviation, Senegal, Tanzania
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