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Poverty and Inequality

The research program has two main objectives: (1) to improve current data as well as methods and tools for poverty and inequality analysis. This includes producing new household-level data (notably through the group’s Living Standards Measurement Study), monitoring poverty and inequality using household-level data, developing more reliable “poverty maps”, and rolling out computational tools such as ADePT and PovCalNet; (2) to use the improved data and existing data sources to better understand the economic and social processes determining the extent of poverty and inequality and to assess the effectiveness of specific policies in reducing poverty.  

Research Manager: Peter Lanjouw

Publications in 2011


Bk cov History 2011

History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue (September 2011)

Book Perspectives on Poverty in India - Lanjouw

Perspectives on Poverty in India: Stylized Facts from Survey Data 
(April 2011)

Legal Pluralism and Development: Scholars and Practitioners in Dialogue
(May 2012)

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Handwashing Behavior Change at Scale: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Vietnam
No differences were found between the treatment and control groups in actual handwashing with soap, the average level of which remains very low.
Working Paper 6207, September 2012

Benchmarking Global Poverty Reduction
The paper proposes two measures, each with both "optimistic" and "ambitious" targets for 2022, 10 years from the time of writing.
Working Paper 6205, September 2012

Can Participation Be Induced? Some Evidence from Developing Countries
The World Bank has allocated close to $80 billion toward participatory development projects over the last decade. Participatory projects have been reasonably effective in improving access to basic services, there is far less evidence of their effectiveness in improving household income or in building sustainable participatory institutions at the local level.
Working Paper 6139, July 2012

More Relatively-Poor People in a Less Absolutely Poor World
It may be time to devise a reasonable global measure of relative poverty, alongside prevailing absolute measures.
Working Paper 6114, July 2012

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Poverty Data Update 2012

Analytical Tools
ADePT - platform for Economic Analysis
Poverty Analysis Toolkit
PovCalNet (Interactive data tool)
Software for Poverty Mapping

Additional Resources
More about the World Bank's poverty work

Commentaries on global poverty numbers, poverty mapping, disciplinary monopolies...