To Impute or Not to Impute? A Review of Alternative Poverty Estimation Methods in the Context of Unavailable Consumption Data

37 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2018 Last revised: 21 May 2020

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Hai-Anh Dang

World Bank - Development Data Group (DECDG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA); Global Labor Organization (GLO); Vietnam National University Ha Noi; Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) - Centre for Analysis and Forecasting

Date Written: April 11, 2018

Abstract

There is an increasingly stronger demand for more frequent and accurate poverty estimates, despite the oftentimes unavailable household consumption data. This paper offers a review of alternative imputation methods that have been employed to provide poverty estimates in such contexts. These range from estimates on a nonmonetary basis, estimates for specific project targeting or tracking trends at the national level, to estimates at a more disaggregated level, as well as estimates of poverty dynamics. The paper provides a concise and accessible synthesis, which serves as an introduction to the literature. The focus is on intuition and practical insights that highlight the nuanced differences between the existing methods rather than technical aspects.

Keywords: Inequality, Poverty Monitoring & Analysis, Poverty Lines, Poverty Diagnostics, Small Area Estimation Poverty Mapping, Poverty Impact Evaluation, Poverty Assessment, Educational Sciences

Suggested Citation

Dang, Hai-Anh H., To Impute or Not to Impute? A Review of Alternative Poverty Estimation Methods in the Context of Unavailable Consumption Data (April 11, 2018). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8403, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3161164

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