Targeting the poor in Mexico

an evaluation of the selection of households for PROGRESA

Emmanuel Skoufias, Sergio de la Vega, Benjamin Davis
fcnd discussion paper

This report reevaluates PROGRESA’s targeting methods since the program began adding beneficiary households through a process called “densification.” The authors first evaluate PROGRESA’s accuracy in targeting both at the community and household levels. Second, they evaluate the targeting in terms of its impact on poverty alleviation relative to other feasible methods assuming the same total budget.