Poverty Alleviation in a Financial Programming Framework : An Integrated Approach

Author/Editor:

Sheetal K. Chand ; Parthasarathi Shome

Publication Date:

March 1, 1995

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Summary:

Poverty alleviation is typically addressed in financial programming through additive programs that target vulnerable groups but without modifying the underlying stabilization and adjustment targets. Instead, this paper integrates the poverty alleviation objective into the financial programming framework using a well-known poverty index. In consequence, the assessment of trade-offs between competing objectives is facilitated. A simulation demonstrates how the integrated approach can reduce adverse effects on poverty and improve the balance of payments, although at the cost, temporarily, of a higher fiscal deficit and inflation.

Series:

Working Paper No. 95/29

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 1995

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451844740/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0291995

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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