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Estimating Poverty among Refugee Populations: A Cross-Survey Imputation Exercise for Chad

Theresa Beltramo, Hai-Anh Dang (), Ibrahima Sarr and Paolo Verme ()
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Theresa Beltramo: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Ibrahima Sarr: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

No 14606, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Household consumption surveys do not typically cover refugee populations, and poverty estimates for refugees are rare. This paper tests the performance of a recently developed cross-survey imputation method to estimate poverty for a sample of refugees in Chad, combining survey and administrative data collected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The proposed method offers poverty estimates based on administrative data that are mostly statistically insignificantly different from those based on survey consumption data. This result is robust to different poverty lines, sets of regressors, and modeling assumptions of the error terms. We find the method to outperform common targeting methods, such as proxy means tests and the targeting method that is currently used by humanitarian organizations in Chad.

Keywords: refugees; forced displacement; poverty; imputation; targeting; Chad (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C15 F22 I32 O15 O20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2021-07
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