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Analyzing Survey Data

To encourage the use of LSMS datasets, we are providing the following tools.  These tools will help to explain and simplify applications of LSMS data.

  1. The Analysis of Household Surveys.  This book is about the analysis of household survey data from developing countries and about how such data can be used to cast light on a range of policy issues.  The book also provides Stata routines used to develop many of the illustrations in the book.

  2. World Bank Institute Learning Program.  The goal of the Poverty Analysis Initiative is to promote increased use of information and analysis in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of poverty reduction policies. This calls for increased quality and ownership of poverty analysis, efficient poverty monitoring systems, and capacity to evaluate the impact of interventions.

  3. Analyzing Health Equity Using Household Survey Data. This book provides rigorous analytic techniques for both measurement and analysis of inequalities in the health sector, with a view to stimulating health equity research that can support the design and evaluation of health policies and programs.

  4. PovcalNet is an interactive computational tool that allows you to replicate the calculations made by the World Bank's researchers in estimating the extent of absolute poverty in the world, including the $1 a day poverty measures. PovcalNet also allows you to calculate the poverty measures under different assumptions and to assemble the estimates using alternative country groupings or for any set of individual countries of you're choosing. PovcalNet is self-contained; it has reliable built-in software that quickly does the relevant calculations for you from the built-in database.

  5. Panel data sets.  Researchers who have made panel data sets occasionally allow us to distribute the data sets on the understanding that the documentation that is provided on the LSMS web site is the only documentation that is available.

  6. Consumption and income aggregate programs.  The programs used to calculate the income and expenditures aggregates for the South Africa LSMS and the Pakistan LSMS  are provided here.

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