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American Economic Journal: Economic Policy: Vol. 5 No. 1 (February 2013)

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Targeting with Agents

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Niehaus, Paul, Antonia Atanassova, Marianne Bertrand, and Sendhil Mullainathan. 2013. "Targeting with Agents." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 5(1): 206-38.

DOI: 10.1257/pol.5.1.206

Abstract

Targeting assistance to the poor is a central problem in development. We study the problem of designing a proxy means test when the implementing agent is corruptible. Conditioning on more poverty indicators may worsen targeting in this environment because of a novel tradeoff between statistical accuracy and enforceability. We then test necessary conditions for this tradeoff using data on Below Poverty Line card allocation in India. Less eligible households pay larger bribes and are less likely to obtain cards, but widespread rule violations yield a de facto allocation much less progressive than the de jure one. Enforceability appears to matter. (JEL D12, I32, I38, O12, O15)

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Niehaus, Paul (U CA, San Diego)
Atanassova, Antonia (Nielsen Co, New York, NY)
Bertrand, Marianne (U Chicago)
Mullainathan, Sendhil (Harvard U)

JEL Classifications

D12: Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
I32: Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
I38: Welfare and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
O12: Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
O15: Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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