Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Beyond Experiments in Development EconomicsLocal Economy-wide Impact Evaluation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

J. Edward Taylor and Mateusz J. Filipski

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198707875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198707875.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 14 December 2019

Did Malawi Prove the Experts Wrong?

Did Malawi Prove the Experts Wrong?

Chapter:
10 (p.203) Did Malawi Prove the Experts Wrong?
Source:
Beyond Experiments in Development Economics
Author(s):

J. Edward Taylor

Mateusz J. Filipski

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198707875.003.0010

Countries use a variety of different mechanisms to raise rural incomes. Malawi has a large-scale fertilizer subsidy program, is initiating a social cash transfer program, and historically paid farmers above-market prices for their maize—three different means to transfer income to rural households. This chapter shows how to use local economy-wide impact evaluation methods to compare the efficiency of different transfer programs at turning public expenditures into rural income gains. Without the benefit of a new rural household survey, existing survey data had to be used to construct this impact evaluation model. Findings reveal that no single transfer mechanism is optimal under all market situations. The optimal way to transfer income to rural households is different in poor than in rich countries and under different market situations, and it depends critically on which households are being supported by the policy.

Keywords:   fertilizer subsidy, Malawi, cash transfers, transfer efficiency, price support, rural welfare, economy-wide model, agricultural subsidy, impact evaluation

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .