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Government Health and Education Expenditures in Africa: Do They Benefit the Poor?

Lionel Demery, April 15, 1998

The seminar dealt with a series of studies in six sub-Saharan African countries to determine which socio-economic groups benefit most from government health (and education) expenditures. The method used was benefit-incidence analysis, a technique for analyzing data from household surveys and health ministry financial records in order to determine how the gains of government expenditures are distributed across economic classes.

(Further information appears in a subsequent publication, Public Spending on Health Care in Africa: Do the Poor Benefit?, which is based on the material presented at the seminar.)

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