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Poverty and Inequality Analysis Course 2009

The Research Group in DEC is pleased to offer an in-depth course on poverty and inequality analysis. The overall aim is to discuss a number of economic principles and analytic tools required for effective policy-making against poverty.  Participants will receive a firm grounding in the basics of each topic and an introduction to the emerging issues at the frontier of research.

The intended audience will be practicing economists in Bank operations or central units, though non-economists with a quantitative background should have no difficulty; and, selected non-Bank practitioners (by invitation only) are also welcome. The course will try to provide a bridge to allow a macroeconomist (say) or specialist from another sector to quickly deepen her understanding of the topic; or for someone who has worked in this area before to rapidly "re-tool". 

There will be seven modules covering household survey design and implementation, sampling, qualitative and mixed methods, poverty measurement and analysis, inequality measurement and analysis, and the evaluation of policies and programs, both “micro” (assigned program) and “macro” (economy wide policies and shocks).

This set of modules is designed to form a reasonably complete course on the measurement and analysis of poverty and inequality in developing countries.  It is expected, however, that only a minority of participants would take all seven modules.  Each module will thus be reasonably self-contained, revising relevant material from previous modules.  So each participant can choose her own sequence of anything from 1-7 modules. 

The overall supervisor of the course is Peter Lanjouw, Research Manager, DECRG.  The course will be taught mainly by staff of the DEC Poverty Group, including Kathleen Beegle, Quy-Toan Do, Gero Carletto, Francisco H.G. Ferreira, Jed Friedman, Emanuela Galasso, Peter Lanjouw, Michael Lokshin, Branko Milanovic, Berk Ozler, Biju Rao, Martin Ravallion, Kinnon Scott, Diane Steele and Michael Woolcock; Module 7 will be taught primarily by B. Essama-Nssah from the PREM Poverty Group.  There will also be contributions from a number of other Bank Staff and consultants, as noted in the detailed outline.

The following table summarizes the dates, locations and contact persons for all seven modules.  The rest of the document then outlines the detailed syllabus for each module in turn.

DEC Course on Poverty and Inequality Analysis 2009:
Summary of dates, locations and contacts


Dates (2009)




Sampling for Surveys

January 27-28


Juan Muñoz, Kinnon Scott


Multi-topic household surveys

February 2-3

I 1-200

Kinnon Scott, Diane Steele


Mixing qualitative and quantitative methods

February 19-20

MC C1-100

Vijayendra Rao, Michael Woolcock


Poverty measurement and analysis

February 23-24


Kathleen Beegle, Peter Lanjouw, Michael Lokshin, Martin Ravallion


Inequality and pro-poor growth

February 25-26


Francisco Ferreira, Peter Lanjouw,
Branko Milanovic, Martin Ravallion


Evaluating the impacts of programs and policies

April 1-2


Jed Friedman, Emanuela Galasso


Evaluating the distributional and poverty impacts of economy-wide policies

April 28-30


B. Essama Nssah


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