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Toward a Social Policy for Argentina's Infrastructure Sectors: Evaluating the Past and Exploring the Future

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dc.contributor.author Foster, Vivien
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-27T18:20:31Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-27T18:20:31Z
dc.date.issued 2004-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10986/14246
dc.description.abstract Argentina was a pioneer of infrastructure reform in the early 1990s. The social dimension of infrastructure services was typically overlooked in the reform process. However, social sensitivities often resurfaced in the years that followed, leading to a series of ad hoc social policy measures that cumulatively amount to US$200 million a year. Foster quantifies and prioritizes the social challenges faced by the Argentine infrastructure sectors, evaluates how well existing social policies are functioning, and provides illustrative simulations of how certain changes in the design of social policy could improve the performance of current social policies. The author's findings are that current social policies do not prove to be very effective in targeting resources to the poor. They have no real impact on the distribution of income across customers. An important reason for this targeting failure is the tendency to allocate resources to all households resident in a particular geographical area, irrespective of socioeconomic status. A series of simulations that limit subsidies to households reaching a minimum score on a multidimensional poverty index show that individual targeting of this kind potentially leads to a more progressive distribution of subsidies. However, the greatest improvements in targeting performance would be achieved if efforts switched from subsidizing the use of infrastructure services to subsidizing connections to those services. en
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher World Bank, Washington, D.C.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Policy Research Working Paper;No.3422
dc.rights CC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.subject JURISDICTIONS
dc.subject PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
dc.subject PRICE FLUCTUATIONS
dc.subject SANITATION
dc.subject INCOME LEVELS
dc.subject INEFFICIENCY
dc.subject ECONOMISTS
dc.subject UNEMPLOYMENT
dc.subject ECONOMIC CONDITIONS
dc.subject EXPENDITURES
dc.subject INCOME GROUPS
dc.subject PRIVATE SECTOR
dc.subject EMPIRICAL BASIS
dc.subject GDP
dc.subject HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS
dc.subject INDEXATION
dc.subject INCOME
dc.subject WHOLESALE PRICES
dc.subject CPI
dc.subject EXTREME POVERTY
dc.subject POLICY INSTRUMENT
dc.subject POLICY INSTRUMENTS
dc.subject FUELS
dc.subject LEISURE
dc.subject LORENZ CURVE
dc.subject URBAN AREAS
dc.subject HOUSEHOLD DATA
dc.subject INCOME DISTRIBUTION
dc.subject GINI COEFFICIENT
dc.subject LABOR FORCE
dc.subject ALTERNATIVE INSTRUMENTS
dc.subject POVERTY ALLEVIATION
dc.subject SERVICE PROVIDERS
dc.subject LOW INCOME
dc.subject DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
dc.subject POLICY RESEARCH
dc.subject SOCIAL POLICIES
dc.subject TELECOMMUNICATIONS
dc.subject PURCHASING POWER
dc.subject CONSUMPTION LEVELS
dc.subject HOUSEHOLDS
dc.subject WATER SERVICES
dc.subject DEVALUATION
dc.subject HORIZONTAL EQUITY
dc.subject INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES
dc.subject EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS
dc.subject POLICY FRAMEWORK
dc.subject PER CAPITA INCOMES
dc.subject PUBLIC HEALTH
dc.subject CONSUMPTION PATTERNS
dc.subject WAGES
dc.subject UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
dc.subject DECENTRALIZATION
dc.subject JURISDICTION
dc.title Toward a Social Policy for Argentina's Infrastructure Sectors: Evaluating the Past and Exploring the Future en
dc.rights.holder World Bank


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