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Developing a Social Protection Index for Asia

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Social protection is increasingly seen as an important tool for poverty reduction, but to date there have been few quantitative cross-country assessments of social protection provision. This article develops a social protection index that systematically and consistently quantifies activities at the national level. Four summary indicators representing the cost, coverage, poverty targeting and impact are scaled and weighted to produce an additive index of the overall level of social protection provision. The index is calculated for six very different Asian countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam. Considerable contrasts are revealed between their levels of social protection provision.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: ( ) is a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9RE, UK, Email: [email protected] 2: Senior Consultant with the Halcrow Group Ltd

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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