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Universidad Católica Boliviana: BA in Economics
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella: MPP
Williams College: MA in Policy Economics
Critical aspects of pro-poor policy design in Bolivia: micro and macro considerations
Appropriate design of pro-poor policies is a requisite in order for these policies to tackle the issues and address the problems for which they were conceived in an effective but also in an efficient way. In Bolivia, these aspects are especially relevant, provided that still a large portion of the population remains in poverty and vulnerability situation, and that some government policies might have not ensured a sustained reduction of poverty and inequality. The proposed research investigate different aspects of pro-poor policy design in Bolivia, to assess their effects on poverty and inequality outcomes. The perspectives involves: 1) the behavioral response to an exogenous policy change of social transfer that could have important implications for poverty reduction; 2) the evaluation of the causal effects of decentralization reform on poverty reduction; and 3) the assessment of alternatives for a better interaction between fiscal and social policies, in order to reduce poverty and inequality. The research strategy involves the use of quantitative methods (econometrics and incidence analysis) using secondary data comprising administrative records, household surveys and census information.
BMZ via DAAD
Prof. Joachim von Braun
Dr. Julia Matz
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