Targeting social assistance in a transition economy: The Mahallas in Uzbekistan

Marnie, Sheila and Micklewright, John (2005) Targeting social assistance in a transition economy: The Mahallas in Uzbekistan. Social Policy and Administration, 39, (4), 431-447. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9515.2005.00448.x).


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Falling output and living standards have pushed countries in transition from the socialist system to re-consider how best to target public resources on those in need. The paper investigates the workings of a new social assistance benefit in Uzbekistan, the largest of the former Soviet Central Asian republics, administered by community organisations, the Mahallas. Household survey data are used to assess the scheme’s success in targeting to the most vulnerable households, using a variety of indicators including income, durable goods ownership, agricultural assets, employment status, and anthropometric status of children.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-9515.2005.00448.x
ISSNs: 0144-5596 (print)
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Keywords: targeting, social assistance, Uzbekistan
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 15392
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 August 2005Published
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:29

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