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Producing an Improved Geographic Profile of Poverty: Methodology and Evidence from Three Developing Countries

Gabriel Demombynes, Chris Elbers, Jean O. Lanjouw, Peter Lanjouw, Johan Mistiaen and Berk Özler

in Growth, Inequality, and Poverty

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199268658
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600876 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199268657.003.0008

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Producing an Improved Geographic Profile of Poverty: Methodology and Evidence from Three Developing Countries

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This study implements a methodology for estimating poverty in Ecuador, Madagascar, and South Africa, at levels of disaggregation that to date have not generally been available. The methodology is based on a statistical procedure to combine household survey data with population census data, imputing into the latter, a measure of per capita consumption from the former. The countries have few similarities; yet, the study demonstrates that in all three, the poverty estimates produced from census data are both plausible and satisfactorily precise. The study illustrates how the resulting poverty estimates can be represented in maps, thereby conveying much information about the magnitude of poverty across localities, as well as the precision of estimates, in a way that can be readily absorbed by non‐technical audiences.

Keywords: forecasting models; poverty measurement; poverty profiles; spatial distribution

Chapter.  7124 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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