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Measuring Poverty and Wellbeing in Developing Countries

Edited by Channing Arndt () and Finn Tarp ()

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Abstract: This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. Detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys, have been ongoing for more than three decades. The large majority of developing countries now regularly conduct a variety of household surveys, and the information base in developing countries with respect to poverty and wellbeing has improved dramatically. Nevertheless, appropriate measurement of poverty remains complex and controversial. This is particularly true in developing countries where (i) the stakes with respect to poverty reduction are high; (ii) the determinants of living standards are often volatile; and (iii) related information bases, while much improved, are often characterized by significant non-sample error. It also remains, to a surprisingly high degree, an activity undertaken by technical assistance personnel and consultants based in developed countries. This book seeks to enhance the transparency, replicability, and comparability of existing practice. In so doing, it also aims to significantly lower the barriers to entry to the conduct of rigorous poverty measurement and increase the participation of analysts from developing countries in their own poverty assessments. The book focuses on two domains: the measurement of absolute consumption poverty and a first order dominance approach to multidimensional welfare analysis. In each domain, it provides a series of flexible computer codes designed to facilitate analysis by allowing the analyst to start from a flexible and known base. The book volume covers the theoretical grounding for the code streams provided, a chapter on 'estimation in practice', a series of 11 case studies where the code streams are operationalized, as well as a synthesis, an extension to inequality, and a look forward. Contributors to this volume - Olu Ajakaiye, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research Olufunke A. Alaba, University of Cape Town Channing Arndt, UNU-WIDER Samuel Kobina Annim, University of Cape Coast Ulrik Richardt Beck, University of Copenhagen M. Azhar Hussain, Roskilde University Afeikhena T. Jerome, FAO E. Samuel Jones, University of Copenhagen Raymond Elikplim Kofinti, University of Cape Coast Vincent Leyaro, University of Dar es Salaam Kristi Mahrt, UNU-WIDER Gibson Masumbu, Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research Richard Mussa, University of Malawi Malokele Nanivazo, University of Kansas Fiona Nattembo, International Food Policy Research Institute Hina Nazli, International Food Policy Research Institute Olanrewaju Olaniyan, University of Ibadan Lars Peter Osterdal Karl Pauw, International Food Policy Research Institute Faly Rakotomanana, Household Survey Unit at the National Statistical Institute Tiaray Razafimanantena, Centre de Recherches, d'Etudes et d'Appui l'Analyse Economique Madagascar Vincenzo Salvucci, UNU-WIDER Haruna Sekabira, University Goettingen Nikolaj Siersbaek Kenneth Simler, World Bank David Stifel, Lafayette College Finn Tarp, UNU-WIDER Bjorn Van Campenhout, International Food Policy Research Institute Edward Whitney, University of California, Davis Tassew Woldehanna, Addis Ababa University

Date: 2016
ISBN: 9780198744818
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