Welfare and Environment in Rural Uganda: Results from a Small-Area Estimation Approach

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Paul Okiira Okwi

Makerere University

J. G. M. (Hans) Hoogeveen

World Bank - Research Department

Tom Emwanu

Independent

Vincent Linderhof

Wageningen Economic Research

John Begumana

Independent

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Date Written: March 2005

Abstract

This study combines census, survey and bio-physical data to generate spatially disaggregated poverty/biomass information for rural Uganda. It makes a methodological contribution to small area welfare estimation by exploring how the inclusion of bio-physical information improves small area welfare estimates. By combining the generated poverty estimates with national bio-physical data, this study explores the contemporaneous correlation between poverty (welfare) and natural resource degradation at a level of geographic detail that has not been feasible previously. The resulting estimates of poverty measures were improved by the inclusion of bio-physical information and the poverty estimates appear to be more robust, as the standard errors show a decline of up to 40 percent in some cases. The coefficients of variation (i.e., the ratio of the standard error and the point estimate) decline in general as well. Overall, we conclude that the estimates of the poverty measures are more robust when bio-physical information is taken into account. One of the outputs of this study is a series of maps showing poverty and biomass overlays for Uganda. These maps can be used as a planning tool and for targeting purposes.

Keywords: Geo-referenced information, land use, poverty, rural Uganda, small-area estimation, welfare measurement

Suggested Citation

Okwi, Paul Okiira and Hoogeveen, Johannes G. M. (Hans) and Emwanu, Tom and Linderhof, Vincent and Begumana, John, Welfare and Environment in Rural Uganda: Results from a Small-Area Estimation Approach (March 2005). PREM Working Paper No. 05-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=849284 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.849284

Paul Okiira Okwi (Contact Author)

Makerere University ( email )

Kampala
Uganda

Johannes G. M. (Hans) Hoogeveen

World Bank - Research Department ( email )

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

Tom Emwanu

Independent ( email )

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Vincent Linderhof

Wageningen Economic Research ( email )

P.O.Box 29703
The Hague, 2502 LS
Netherlands
+31 70 3378396 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://vincentlinderhof.wordpress.com

John Begumana

Independent ( email )

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