Community Wealth-Ranking and Household Surveys: An Integrative Approach
University of East Anglia - School of International Development and CBESS
August 1, 2008
Bereket Kebede (2009) Community Wealth Ranking and Household Surveys: An Integrative Approach, The Journal of Development Studies, 45:10, 1731-1746, DOI: 10.1080/00220380902935832
Traditionally, participatory methods of analysis like wealth ranking exercises were favoured mainly by sociologists and development practitioners. But the use of participatory methods in conjunction with other more formal methods has increased recently. This is particularly true in poverty studies that focus on understanding of rural livelihoods in developing countries. In addition to poverty analysis, wealth ranking has also been used in very different research and assessment exercises usually in combination with other research methods. A lively debate on the methodological validity of participatory methods including wealth ranking has developed The main focus of this paper is on the use of information from wealth ranking exercises in conjunction with data collected from household surveys. The paper outlines a simple conceptual framework for a more systematic analysis of wealth ranks with information from household surveys, and applies it to a rural data set of 37 villages from four East African countries.
Keywords: qualitative-quantitative methods, wealth ranking, East Africa
JEL Classification: I32
Date posted: April 25, 2011 ; Last revised: January 23, 2015