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Title: Connections and the allocation of public benefits
Authors: Newman, Carol
Zhang, Mengyang
Keywords: Political connections
Social connections
Poverty targeting
Viet Nam
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Series/Report no.: Volume 7, Number 9;Page. 1 - 21
Abstract: We explore the relationship between connections and public transfers in decentralized poverty-targeting programmes. Using panel data fr om Vietnam we find evidence that households with connections to local government are more likely to be classified as poor, the main determinant of whether households receive public benefits/supports. Social connections play a role by allowing politically connected households to receive supports without being reprimanded by their local community. We identify provisi on of information as a mechanism through which households use their connections to obtain the poverty classification, suggesting that information campaigns may be an effective means of eliminat ing local level corruption in poverty-targeting programmes.
ISBN: 978-92-9230-916-9
ISSN: 1798-7237
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