Tracking Poverty Over Time in the Absence of Comparable Consumption Data

43 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2006

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Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

Following the endorsement of the Millennium Development Goals, there is an increasing demand for methods to track poverty regularly. This paper develops an economically intuitive and inexpensive methodology to do so in the absence of regular, comparable data on household consumption. The minimum data requirements for the 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. The methodology is illustrated using a series of Demographic Health Surveys from Kenya.

Keywords: Poverty Evolution, Asset Index, Kenya

JEL Classification: C81, I32

Suggested Citation

Stifel, David C. and Christiaensen, Luc, Tracking Poverty Over Time in the Absence of Comparable Consumption Data (January 2006). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3810. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=875659

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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