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Replication data for: Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia

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  • Alatas, Vivi
  • Banerjee, Abhijit
  • Hanna, Rema
  • Olken, Benjamin A.
  • Tobias, Julia
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  • 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. (JEL C93, I32, I38, O12, O15, O18, R23)
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    DOI: 10.1257/aer.102.4.1206 (Text)
  • Alatas, Vivi, Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Benjamin A Olken, and Julia Tobias. “Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia.” American Economic Review 102, no. 4 (June 2012): 1206–40.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.102.4.1206 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-11

Alatas, Vivi; Banerjee, Abhijit; Hanna, Rema; Olken, Benjamin A.; Tobias, Julia (2012): Replication data for: Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.