Targeting of "Safety Net" programs

Targeted Programs in an Economic Crisis: Empirical Findings from the Experience of Indonesia with Asep Suryahadi and Sudarno Sumarto, September 2002 (see also the SMERU Research Institute and Center for International Development Working Papers). A comprehensive empirical assessment, using a combination of cross section and panel data, of the targeting of the "Social Safety Net" programs launched to mitigate the impacts of the crises in Indonesia 1998-2000. The picture below shows the static benefit incidence of each of the JPS programs, compared to perfect poverty targeting, a uniform transfer, and other government expenditures.

Safety Nets or Safety Ropes? Dynamic Benefit Incidence of Two Crisis Programs in Indonesia with Asep Suryahadi and Sudarno Sumarto. This analyzes the differences in dynamic benefit incidence (defined as the incidence of program receipt by change in household expenditures (exclusive of program benefits)) of a subsidized rice program and a labor creation program. Finds that the self-selection in the labor creating programs led to much better dynamic incidence of the program compared to the administrative eligibility in the rice program.