Administering targeted social programs in Latin America: by Margaret E. Grosh

By Margaret E. Grosh

This booklet contains case experiences of 30 social courses from eleven Latin American nations and offers priceless classes approximately focusing on a number of social courses. those prone comprise the supply of college lunches, foodstuff stamps, day care, pupil relief, money funds, unemployment information, housing mortgages, and nutrients commodities and subsidies. info is equipped at the management charges, requisites, and ideas for focusing on social providers. Case by means of case, the publication indicates how the various courses controlled to stability provider advancements opposed to the cost of focusing on to lead them to low-budget. It additionally describes the most typical concentrating on equipment and identifies which programmes used them and why.

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Incentive Effects Targeting schemes can have incentive effects that are side effects of their principal goal of sorting the poor from the nonpoor. They result from changing the implicit prices and rewards faced by households or individuals and, therefore, their economic behavior. 1 Some of these changes will be positive for the economy, and some negative. This study does not attempt to quantify incentive costs for all the programs reviewed here. Rather, this section is designed as a brief sketch of the issue so that the reader will be aware of the ''forest" that surrounds the "trees" that will be studied in detail.

It may or may not be based on adult equivalence scales. It may or may not be posttax and take into account program benefits. Usually, studies are internally consistent, but in comparing studies, the reader should take into account the differences in technique.

Conceptually, the distinction is fairly clear, though in practice, decisions about one aspect often have implications for the other. Since targeting is only one aspect of a social program, judging the success or failure of targeting is not equivalent to making judgements about the program as a whole. A program may choose the right children to feed, but if it serves them expensive foods or too few calories, the school lunch program will not be successful. Benefits of Targeting The goal of targeting is to concentrate resources on those who need them most.

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