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Fiscal Space for Social Protection

Investigator: Anjum Nasim (IDEAS)

The working paper looks at the expenditure on social protection programs and compares it with the subsidies provided to the non-poor. It argues that fiscal space for social protection can be created by reducing the implicit and explicit subsidies provided to the non-poor, reducing losses of public sector enterprises, improving economic growth and raising tax-to-GDP ratio which is one of the lowest in the world. The paper was presented at the Social Protection Dialogue held in Islamabad and Lahore on 13th and 15th February, 2013 respectively.