Household Social Spending And Welfare: Empirical Evidence From Ghana

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ABSTRACT

This study sought to examine the effect of household social spending on

welfare in the light of both present and future poverty analyses using the quantitative

approach. Ghana Statistical Service’s Ghana Living Standard Survey (GLSS)

fourth, fifth and sixth waves were used in the study. Final sample sizes of 5,556,

7,759 and 15,568 for the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds respectively were analysed.

The study found in its first objective that very poor households benefited more in

terms of welfare than non-poor households and that the difference in the effect of

social spending widens between the poorest and other households, moving towards

higher levels of welfare. On the other hand, vulnerability to poverty estimates

showed that, for all three rounds of the GLSS, all households suffer poverty in

the future and it is severe for very poor households. Moreover, the study found that

as households have higher inclination towards unilateral social support, the more it

reduced welfare and thus resulted in rising vulnerability to expected poverty for all

households. This was true for all objects of social support.

Two key policy recommendations were made. First, informal sensitisation

programmes by public agencies like the National Commission for Civic Education

(NCCE) and NGOs should be organised to campaign against rising social spending

and its effect on future poverty, since formal education was found to have rather

increased social spending. Second, the traditional authorities may formulate

policies to set guidelines for the indicative costs of organising and running social

events aimed at combating the rising social spending as has been done by the

governments of Tajikistan and India.

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APA

NKRUMAH, R (2021). Household Social Spending And Welfare: Empirical Evidence From Ghana. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/household-social-spending-and-welfare-empirical-evidence-from-ghana

MLA 8th

NKRUMAH, RICHARD "Household Social Spending And Welfare: Empirical Evidence From Ghana" Afribary. Afribary, 05 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/household-social-spending-and-welfare-empirical-evidence-from-ghana. Accessed 08 Jun. 2023.

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NKRUMAH, RICHARD . "Household Social Spending And Welfare: Empirical Evidence From Ghana". Afribary, Afribary, 05 Apr. 2021. Web. 08 Jun. 2023. < https://afribary.com/works/household-social-spending-and-welfare-empirical-evidence-from-ghana >.

Chicago

NKRUMAH, RICHARD . "Household Social Spending And Welfare: Empirical Evidence From Ghana" Afribary (2021). Accessed June 08, 2023. https://afribary.com/works/household-social-spending-and-welfare-empirical-evidence-from-ghana