Finding the Poor vs. Measuring Their Poverty: Exploring the Drivers of Targeting Effectiveness in Indonesia

52 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2018

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Adama Bah

University of Auvergne - Center for Study and Research on International Development (CERDI), France; National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), Office of the Vice-President of Indonesia

Samuel Bazzi

Boston University - Department of Economics

Sudarno Sumarto

SMERU Research Institute

Julia Tobias

Stanford University

Date Written: February 20, 2018

Abstract

Centralized targeting registries are increasingly used to allocate social assistance benefits in developing countries. There are two key design issues that matter for targeting accuracy: (i) which households to survey for inclusion in the registry and (ii) how to rank surveyed households. The authors attempt to identify their relative importance by evaluating Indonesia's Unified Database for Social Protection Programs (UDB), among the largest targeting registries in the world, used to provide social assistance to over 25 million households. Linking administrative data with an independent household survey, they find that the UDB system is more progressive than previous, program-specific targeting approaches. However, simulating an alternative targeting system based on enumerating all households, they find a one-third reduction in undercoverage of the poor compared to focusing on households registered in the UDB. Overall, there are large gains in targeting performance from improving the initial registration stage relative to the ranking stage.

Suggested Citation

Bah, Adama and Bazzi, Samuel and Sumarto, Sudarno and Tobias, Julia, Finding the Poor vs. Measuring Their Poverty: Exploring the Drivers of Targeting Effectiveness in Indonesia (February 20, 2018). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8342, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3127227

Adama Bah (Contact Author)

University of Auvergne - Center for Study and Research on International Development (CERDI), France ( email )

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Samuel Bazzi

Boston University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Sudarno Sumarto

SMERU Research Institute ( email )

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Indonesia

Julia Tobias

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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