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Burkina Faso : Policies to Protect the Poor From the Impact of Food and Energy Price Increases

Author/Editor: Isabell Adenauer | Javier Arze del Granado
Authorized for Distribution: August 1, 2011
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Summary: This paper assesses the effectiveness of policies taken by the Burkinabè authorities to protect the poor from the adverse impact of a combined food and oil price shock in 2008. Estimates of the impact based on household survey data and a price pass-through model suggest that these policies were not well-targeted, benefiting the wealthier groups of the population rather than the poor. More effective policy measures, such as a conditional cash transfer system, which is already being implemented on a pilot basis in urban areas, are discussed as an alternative policy option.
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Series: Working Paper No. 11/202
Subject(s): Agricultural prices | Energy prices | Price increases | Social safety nets
Author's keyword(s): Burkina Faso | fuel price subsidies | food price shock | conditional cash transfer system
    Published:   August 1, 2011        
    ISBN/ISSN:   9781463902117/1018-5941   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2011202   Pages:   25
    Price:   US$18.00
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