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CEQ Working Paper No 2: Diagnostic Questionnaire

Commitment to Equity: Diagnostic Questionnaire
Working Paper No. 2

A working document by:
Nora Lustig
Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, Tulane University and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and Inter-American Dialogue
Sean Higgins,
Doctoral student of PhD in Economics, Tulane University

The Commitment to Equity (CEQ) project is designed to analyze the impact of taxes and social spending on inequality and poverty, and provide a roadmap for governments, multilateral institutions, and nongovernmental organizations in their efforts to build more equitable societies. The CEQ uses incidence analysis and a specially designed diagnostic questionnaire to address three questions: i. How much redistribution and poverty reduction is being accomplished in each country through social spending, subsidies and taxes? ii. How progressive are revenue collection and government spending? iii. Within the limits of fiscal prudence, what could be done to increase redistribution and poverty reduction in each country through changes in taxation and spending? In particular, the diagnostic questionnaire is designed to assess how aligned fiscal policies are with supporting a minimum living standard and human capital accumulation, as well as with reducing inequality. The objective is to evaluate efforts based on whether governments: i. collect and allocate enough resources to support a minimum living standard for all; ii. collect and distribute resources equitably; iii. ensure that spending is fiscally sustainable and that programs are of good quality and incentive compatible; iv. collect and publish relevant information, as well as are subject to independent evaluations.

Access the working document here:
Updated January 2013
CEQ Working Paper No 2: Diagnostic Questionnaire