Estimation of rates of return of social protection : making the case for non-contributory social transfers in Cambodia

A. Mideros, F. Gassmann, P. Mohnen

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This study estimates the rates of return (RoR) of non-contributory social transfer programmes in Cambodia using household data and going beyond standard cost efficiency analyses by developing a dynamic micro simulation. It shows that social protection promotes equitable economic growth by enhancing human development and fostering economic performance at the micro level. A positive RoR is achieved after 12 periods and can reach between 12 per cent and 15 per cent after 20 periods. This study shows that micro simulation models can be extended in order to analyse the economic returns on social protection.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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SeriesUNU-MERIT Working Papers

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