Title Measuring the Effectiveness of Social Protection
Subtitle Concepts and Applications (Streamlined Analysis with ADePT Software)
Author Ruslan Yemtsov, Maddalena Honorati, Brooks Evans, Zurab Sajaia, Michael Lokshin
ISBN 9781464810909
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 266
Book size 191 X 235 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher The World Bank
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“The UN Social Development Goals have focused attention on the need to strengthen social protection systems (SPS). Designing effective SPS relies heavily on sound conceptual and analytical frameworks supported by rigorous empirical analysis. Measuring the Effectiveness of Social Protection provides practitioners and analysts with such a toolkit, informed by the immense reservoir of knowledge and data assembled by the World Bank, thus enabling comparisons of social protection systems across countries and with best practice.”

—Dave Coady, Division Chief Expenditure Policy, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC.

“Assessment of the effectiveness of social protection expenditure in meeting its goals is a central requirement of policy analysis in the world today. Such an exercise requires clarity of conceptual framework and clarity of what the analysis can and cannot do. But it also needs a platform on which the analysis can be done one that can be applied to data in a step-by step fashion for those at the coal face of policy analysis and policy making. The ADEPT Manual on social protection is the first comprehensive tool of its kind that combines conceptual rigor with user-friendly design. It will become a must for social protection analysis the world over.”

—Ravi Kanbur, T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, international Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Professor of Economics. Cornell University


Measuring the Effectiveness of Social Protection Concepts and Applications provides a conceptual and analytical framework for assessing social protection (SP) programs, as well as a practical guide for users seeking to conduct analysis, particularly using the world Bank’s Software Platform for Automated Economic Analysis (ADePT). The book constitutes a comprehensive and unique resource to tie together social policy theory, concepts, and practical analytical techniques.

The book’s content is targeted to policy makers and practitioners worldwide who are working to improve the outcomes of their SP policies-from pensions and labor markets to social assistance. It suggests advanced methods and a new rapid analysis instrument for technical experts working on quantitative SP analysis for their ministries, national statistics offices, think tanks. universities, and development organizations.

The book seeks to equip users with different statistical backgrounds and SP knowledge to be able to independently conduct SP analysis and prepare a standardized set of tables and graphs to conduct different types of SP performance analysis: benchmarking performance within and across countries, simulating the performance of alternative reform options, and assessing the viability of proposed programs. The book first provides a detailed conceptual and analytical understanding of SP and how to measure SP performance; it then guides users to the ADePT SP software as a tool to analyze household survey data and assess SP performance.

ADePT SP provides users with a standardized and replicable set of indicators that assesses different dimensions of SP systems performance, such as the coverage of SP benefits and services, their incidence over the national welfare distribution, their adequacy with respect to beneficiaries’ welfare, and their impacts on poverty and inequality. The software’s strength lies in its ability10 produce very quickly, and with relatively limited resources, a large volume of quantitative information to conduct SP performance analysis.




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Chapter 1: Introduction • Measuring How Social Protection Works: Focusing on Core Indicators • Measuring Social Protection Results • Finding Examples of Analysis, Data, and Indicators and Determining When ADePT SP Is Useful  • What ADePT SP Cannot Do • Overview and Structure of the Manual • Notes • References

Chapter 2: Concepts, Definitions, and Indicators for Social Protection Analysis • Social Protection Definitions • Economic Welfare, Poverty, and Inequality Indicators • Social Protection Programs’ Effect on Poverty and Inequality • Social Protection System Diagnostics Using Performance Indicators: Illustrations with Data from Romania • Annex 2A: Social Protection Benefit Categories and Subcategories Definitions • Notes • References

Chapter 3: Data Requirements for Social Protection Analysis • Understanding Social Protection Data Sources • Household Survey Data Quality Effects on SP Analysis • Using Social Protection Administrative Data to Address Survey Data Limitations • What Social Protection Information Is Typically Found in Household Surveys? • Working with Data and Variable Details • Summary • Notes • References

Chapter 4: How to Use ADePT SP • What Is ADePT SP? • What Information Is Needed to Use ADePT SP? • What Indicators Does ADePT SP Generate? • Getting Started: Installing and Running Adept SP • Steps to Use ADePT SP • Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them • Summary • Notes • References

Chapter 5: How to Interpret ADePT SP Results • Initial Tables • Performance Tables • Average Transfer Value, per Capita • Profile Tables • Figures • Advanced Topics in Using ADePT SP • Notes • References


Appendix A: ASPIRE Administrative Data Classification

Appendix B: Formulas • Notation • Poverty Measures • Inequality Measures • SP Performance Indices • Note

Appendix C: Assessing Whether Social Assistance Programs Could Have Work Disincentives


About the Authors:

Ruslan Yemtsov is a lead economist and global leader for social safety nets in the World Bank Social Protection and Labor Global Practice. Before his current position, he worked as a lead poverty economist in the Middle East and North Africa region and in the Europe and Central Asia region. His experience includes preparing poverty assessments (Bosnia, Croatia, the Arab Republic of Egypt, Georgia, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, and more than a dozen other countries and economies), working on targeting and social assistance projects (Croatia, Morocco, and the Russian Federation), working on fuel subsidy reform dialogue (Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia,) and leading regional flagship reports on poverty, subsidy reforms, and statistical capacity. He has also worked on food crisis response (Djibouti), structural adjustment credits (Georgia), energy sector reform, social funds, and social welfare development projects. He is the author and coauthor of more than 20 research papers, articles, and book chapters. He holds a PhD in microeconomics from Moscow State University.

Maddalena Honorati is a senior economist in the Social Protection and Labor Department of the World Bank, which she joined in 2005. She holds a PhD in economics from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and an MSc from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. Before joining the social protection team in 2009, she worked for the Development Research Group at the World Bank on firm productivity, determinants of informality, and the effect of investment climate regulations on firm performance. Her recent research interest has been on the design and evaluation of social safety nets and active labor market programs in low- and middle-income countries, as well as the measurement of social protection system performance. She has written global, regional, and country reports on social safety nets and jobs diagnostics; has written research papers on labor market issues, including policies to foster skills and employability and promote entrepreneurship; and has supported implementation of such programs and policies, notably in Ecuador, Ghana, Kenya, and the Philippines.

Brooks Evans is an economist with the International Monetary Fund. He focuses on both macro- and microeconomic analysis and policy advice in advanced and developing countries. He works on assessing the distributional effects of fiscal policy—both taxes and expenditure. His areas of focus include social assistance, labor market programs, pensions, subsidies, and the public sector wage bill. He previously worked at the World Bank, where he trained officials and experts worldwide using ADePT for social protection, labor, and poverty analysis. He conducts research on these topics as well, which have been highlighted in publications such as the World Bank’s World Development Report. The views expressed in this book are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), its Executive Board, or IMF management.

Zurab Sajaia is a senior computational economist in the World Bank’s Development Data Group. His areas of expertise are in poverty and inequality measurement, applied econometrics, and social protection. More recently, he has been developing software tools for Automated Economic Analysis (ADePT platform), as well as on systems for electronic data collection and management (Survey Solutions).

Michael Lokshin is a manager of the survey unit in the Development Economics Vice Presidency of the World Bank. The survey unit offers technical assistance to client countries on all aspects of data collection, analysis, and data dissemination. During his 18 years at the World Bank, he has led numerous large-scale projects on developing tools for data collection and data analysis. Among these are ADePT—an automated platform for applied economic analysis—and the Survey Solutions CAPI (computerassisted personal interviewing) data collection system in use by 70 countries. He also spearheaded the creation of the Economic Research Computer Center at the World Bank. Michael has coauthored seven books and published more than 50 papers on applied econometrics, labor, and poverty economics in international peer-reviewed economic journals. He received his PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States.

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The book’s content is targeted to policy makers and practitioners worldwide who are working to improve the outcomes of their SP policies-from pensions and labor markets to social assistance.

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