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Type Working Paper - FCND Discussion Paper published by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Title How effectively do public works programs transfer benefits to the poor?
Author(s)
Issue 108
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Page numbers 1-38
URL http://www.ifpri.org/publication/how-effectively-do-public-works-programs-transfer-benefits-poor
Abstract
This paper uses project and household data to examine the ability of 100 or so public works projects in Western Cape Province, South Africa, to target benefits-both direct and indirect-to those living below the poverty line. We find that public works projects generally outperform hypothetical untargeted cash transfers in this regard under a wide range of assumptions about underlying parameters.\n\n

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