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Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia

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dc.contributor.author Alatas, Vivi
dc.contributor.author Banerjee, Abhijit
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-07T17:59:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-07T17:59:15Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06
dc.identifier.issn 0002-8282
dc.identifier.issn 1944-7981
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/74587
dc.description.abstract This paper reports an experiment in 640 Indonesian villages on three approaches to target the poor: proxy means tests (PMT), where assets are used to predict consumption; community targeting, where villagers rank everyone from richest to poorest; and a hybrid. Defining poverty based on PPP$2 per capita consumption, community targeting and the hybrid perform somewhat worse in identifying the poor than PMT, though not by enough to significantly affect poverty outcomes for a typical program. Elite capture does not explain these results. Instead, communities appear to apply a different concept of poverty. Consistent with this finding, community targeting results in higher satisfaction. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher American Economic Association en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/aer.102.4.1206 en_US
dc.rights Article is made available in accordance with the publisher's policy and may be subject to US copyright law. Please refer to the publisher's site for terms of use. en_US
dc.source Banerjee via Kate McNeill en_US
dc.title Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.citation Alatas, Vivi et al. “Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia.” American Economic Review 102.4 (2012): 1206–1240. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics en_US
dc.contributor.approver Banerjee, Abhijit
dc.contributor.mitauthor Banerjee, Abhijit
dc.relation.journal American Economic Review en_US
dc.identifier.mitlicense PUBLISHER_POLICY en_US
dc.eprint.version Final published version en_US
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle en_US
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerReviewed en_US
dspace.orderedauthors Alatas, Vivi; Banerjee, Abhijit; Hanna, Rema; Olken, Benjamin A; Tobias, Julia en


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