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This paper presents some analytical techniques to help policymakers gauge the technical and fiscalfeasibility of development targets. While each of the techniques discussed below has deficiencies, taken togetherthey have proven very useful in providing a sense of realism to target setting. The paper begins with areview of issues involved in target setting. It then presents three methods for assessing the technicalviability of development targets, gradually moving from low data- and skill-intensive to more demandingtools. Next, the paper discusses two broad sets of techniques for estimating the cost and fiscalfeasibility of reaching specific targets, as well as a number of issues to be considered when gauging acountry’s capacity to implement the related program. The paper ends with some concluding remarks. This unpublished version of the paper in Spanish was translated from an English version published in the World Bank-s Poverty Reduction Strategy Sourcebook.

Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: Metas y costos del desarrollo-

English Title: Development Targets and Costs-

Language: Spanish-

Keywords: Development targets; costs; Millennium Development Goals-

Subjects: O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O2 - Development Planning and Policy > O20 - General-

Author: Christiaensen, Luc


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