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JPD 1994 Vol. XXI Nos. 1&2-f: Targeting Transfers to the Poor: the Case of Food Subsidies

Provision of safety nets for the poor is a popular call in development policies especially in light of the government’s pursuit of structural and macroeconomic adjustments. A simple exercise in this article shows that even when the only information employed in identifying potential beneficiaries is the area of residence, an area-differentiated income transfer program amounting to P2 billion is capable of achieving the same poverty reduction as a universal program. Increases in food prices are also found to be inimical to poor households.

Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Authors Keywords
Balisacan, Arsenio M.; agriculture sector; rural sector; food subsidy;
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Published in 1994 and available in the PIDS Library or Downloaded 910 times since November 25, 2011
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