Do Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers Reduce Poverty and Improve Well-Being?
33 Pages Posted: 16 May 2015
Date Written: February 2, 2015
With almost 15 years passing since their introduction, quantitative evaluations of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) have been surprisingly sparse. This paper examines whether a PRSP impacts on poverty reduction and well-being and whether PRSP alignment to development paradigms impacts upon the achievement of these outcomes. Specifically, it estimates the causal effect of having a PRSP on various targets of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The sample is composed of a treatment group consisting of 52 developing countries undertaking PRSPs and 65 control countries determined through propensity score matching techniques, over the period 1999 to 2008. Results suggest that countries under PRSP treatment have achieved better well-being outcomes than those in the control group. PRSP alignment to different development paradigms is also shown to matter.
Keywords: Millennium Development Goals, PRSPs, programme evaluation, poverty reduction, well-being
JEL Classification: O11, O19, O20, I30
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation