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Revista de Salud Pública

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Abstract

VENTURA-ALFARO, Carmelita E; GUTIERREZ-REYES, Juan P; BERTOZZI- KENEFICK, Stefano M  and  CALDES-GOMEZ, Natalia. A cost-benefit analysis of a Mexican food-support program. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.3, pp. 373-385. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642011000300001.

Objective Presenting an estimate of a Mexican food-support program (FSP) program's cost transfer ratio (CTR) from start-up (2003) to May 2005. Methods The program's activities were listed by constructing a time allocation matrix to ascertain how much time was spent on each of the program's activities by the personnel so involved. Another cost matrix was also constructed which was completed with information from the program's accountancy records. The program's total cost, activity cost and the value of given FSP transfers were thus estimated. Results Food delivery CRT for 2003, 2004 and 2005 was 0.150, 0.218, 0.230, respectively; cash CTR was 0.132in 2004 and 0.105 in 2005. Conclusion Comparing CTR values according to transfer type is a good way to promote discussion related to this topic; however, the decision for making a transfer does not depend exclusively on efficiency but on both mechanisms' effectiveness.

Keywords : Cost efficiency analysis; cost allocation; poverty.

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