Health, Education and Economic Crisis: Protecting the Poor in Indonesia

PhD Thesis# 373
Dr. Robert (R.A.) Sparrow
Prof. Dr. J.W. Gunning, Dr. M.P. Pradhan


When an economic crisis hits, a primary policy concern in developing countries is how social services can be protected and, in particular, how access to health and education for the poor can be maintained. Using the Indonesian Social Safety Net as case study, this dissertation investigates the effectiveness of narrowly targeted demand side interventions in health and education as a tool to protect access to these services for the poor in times of crisis. The studies in this dissertation address targeting performance and dynamic marginal benefit incidence analysis, as well as the impact of the programmes on education attainment, child labour and utilisation of outpatient health care.

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