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Preferences for Community-based Targeting - Field Experimental Evidence from Zambia

  • Community-based targeting is frequently used in low-income countries to identify the poor. Yet evidence about its performance is inconclusive and factors of success are understudied. Drawing on controlled field experiments, this paper studies how individual targeting preferences translate into group outcomes and which determinants of progressiveness prevail in rural Zambia. It finds that individuals pursue poverty motives but act selfishly if not restrained. Egalitarianism and favoritism are not as pronounced as critics suggest. Even if individual and group allocations vary considerably, this does not result in individuals’ dissatisfaction. Better access to information and greater trust make targeting outcomes more progressive.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Esther Schüring
Parent Title (English):World Development
First Page:360
Last Page:373
Date of first publication:2013/11/16
Tag:Africa; Zambia; cash transfers; community-based targeting; field experiment; targeting preferences
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Sozialpolitik und Soziale Sicherung
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Entry in this database:2015/04/02