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Evaluating the performance of means-tested benefits in Bulgaria

Tasseva, Iva Valentinova (2016) 'Evaluating the performance of means-tested benefits in Bulgaria.' Journal of Comparative Economics, 44 (4). 919 - 935. ISSN 0147-5967

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Using household survey data and microsimulation techniques, we analyse the performance of three means-tested benefits in Bulgaria. We find that the transfers reach a small proportion of households with incomes below a relative poverty line, they have high non take-up rates, and large proportions of the recipients are neither poor nor entitled to receive the benefits. Unsurprisingly, although an important income source for poor households, the benefits have a very small impact on reducing the poverty rates. We show that our results are robust to potential underreporting of benefit receipt in the household survey. Finally, we analyse the effect of five reform scenarios, one of which fiscally neutral, on poverty and find that there is a large scope for policy improvement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Benefit non take-up, Leakage, Means-tested benefits, Poverty, Microsimulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 14:45
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2018 13:15

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