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The pursuit of simplicity : Can simplifying eligibility criteria improve social pension targeting?

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ASRI, Viola, Katharina MICHAELOWA, Sitakanta PANDA, Sourabh B. PAUL, 2022. The pursuit of simplicity : Can simplifying eligibility criteria improve social pension targeting?. In: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Elsevier. 200, pp. 820-846. ISSN 0167-2681. eISSN 1879-1751. Available under: doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2022.06.003

@article{Asri2022-08pursu-58003, title={The pursuit of simplicity : Can simplifying eligibility criteria improve social pension targeting?}, year={2022}, doi={10.1016/j.jebo.2022.06.003}, volume={200}, issn={0167-2681}, journal={Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization}, pages={820--846}, author={Asri, Viola and Michaelowa, Katharina and Panda, Sitakanta and Paul, Sourabh B.} }

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