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7 UNU-WIDER articles, publications, projects, experts...
Book ChapterSocial assistance, electoral competition, and political branding in Malawi Elections Political branding Social protection
Journal ArticleDoes social spending improve welfare in low- and middle-income countries?
Over the past two decades, there has been unprecedented attention to the promotion of human development via government spending in the social sectors as a conditio sine qua non for economic growth and improved aggregate welfare...Social spending Aggregate welfare Human development
Working PaperInequality and fiscal redistribution in Mexico: 1992–2015
This paper uses income and expenditure surveys from 1992 to 2014 and public tax and spending accounts to estimate the redistributive impact of Mexico’s fiscal system over this period...Fiscal incidence Taxation Social spending
Working PaperSocial protection, electoral competition, and political branding in Malawi
Competitive elections in many parts of Africa generate powerful incentives to presidential candidates (and to a lesser extent political parties) to brand themselves in ways that transcend regional or ethnic loyalties...Elections Political branding Social protection
Working PaperFiscal policy, inequality, and the poor in the developing world
NOTE | Revised version August 2017 available. View and download the revised version . Using comparable fiscal incidence analysis, this paper examines the impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in 25 countries for around 2010...Fiscal incidence Social spending Inequality
PresentationSocial Spending and Aggregate Welfare in Developing and Transition Economies
On 11 September 2014, Miguel Niño Zarazua presented his recent study at the Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) of the World Bank, which finds strong evidence of a positive causal effect of social spending on aggregate welfare...