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Household Surveys, Consumption, and the Measurement of Poverty

Angus Deaton ()

Economic Systems Research, 2003, vol. 15, issue 2, 135-159

Abstract: Household surveys are playing an increasingly important role in the measurement of poverty and well-being around the world. The Living Standards Measurement Study, which was begun in the World Bank under the guidance of Graham Pyatt in 1979, has played an important role in this movement. Its surveys are widely used within the Bank to measure consumption-based poverty, and survey data are now the exclusive basis for the global poverty counts. This paper discusses a number of unresolved issues in using consumption-based surveys for measuring well-being, including the choice of a money-metric versus welfare-ratio approach, the collection of suitable price information, the effects of measurement error on estimation, and methods for correcting per capita consumption for the demographic structure of the household.

Keywords: Household Surveys; Consumption; Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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