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Type Journal Article - Journal of Public Economics
Title Do local officials know something we don't? Decentralization of targeted transfers in Albania
Volume 83
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2002
Page numbers 375 -
URL http://econpapers.repec.org/article/eeepubeco/v_3A83_3Ay_3A2002_3Ai_3A3_3Ap_3A375-404.htm
Albania provides a small amount of social assistance to nearly 20% of its population through a system which allows a degree of community discretion in determining distribution. This study indicates that relative to other safety net programs in low-income countries, social assistance in Albania is fairly well targeted to the poor. Moreover, the poverty targeting exceeds that which could be expected on the basis of proxy indicators of targeting alone; communes appear to be using local information unlikely to be obtained on the basis of a questionnaire or formula. This remains the case conditional on the level of funding allocated from the central government.

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