Tracking Poverty Over Time in the Absence of Comparable Consumption Data

Posted: 16 Jun 2008

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Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Following the endorsement by the international community of the Millennium Development Goals, there has been an increasing demand for practical methods for steadily tracking poverty. An economically intuitive and inexpensive methodology is explored for doing so in the absence of regular, comparable data on household consumption. The minimum data requirements for this methodology are the availability of a household budget survey and a series of surveys with a comparable set of asset data also contained in the budget survey. This method is illustrated using a series of Demographic and Health Surveys for Kenya.

Keywords: C81, I32

Suggested Citation

Stifel, David C. and Christiaensen, Luc, Tracking Poverty Over Time in the Absence of Comparable Consumption Data (2007). The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 317-341, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1146044 or http://dx.doi.org/lhm010

David C. Stifel (Contact Author)

Lafayette College ( email )

Easton, PA 18042
United States

Luc Christiaensen

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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