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ISER Working Paper Series 2012-18

Evaluating the performance of means-tested benefits in Bulgaria

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Publication date

25 Sep 2012

Abstract

Little is known about the effectiveness of means-tested benefits in Bulgaria. Using individual and household level data, I analyse the performance of two social assistance and two means- tested child benefits. I find that the programmes reach a very small proportion of the households with incomes below a relative poverty line. Furthermore, the transfers are characterized with very high non-take up and inclusion of non-entitled or non-poor recipients. Poverty rates decrease by a small degree among benefit clients and yet, the impact is insufficient to affect overall poverty, or for the benefits to achieve their ultimate goals.

Subjects

Poverty, Welfare Benefits, Microsimulation, and Taxation

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