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Poverty and Inequality Analysis Course - Module 4

Module 4:  Poverty Measurement and Analysis

February 22-23, 2010
The World Bank

Objective:  The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to both conceptual and practical issues associated with household-survey based empirical analysis of poverty, as well as a flavor of recent advances arising out of research in this field. Poverty comparisons – such as assessments of whether poverty has increased, or where it is greatest – are typically clouded in conceptual and methodological uncertainties.  How should individual “well-being” be assessed in deciding who is poor?  Is a household survey a reliable guide?  Where should the poverty line be drawn?  What poverty measure should be used in aggregating data on individual well-being?  The module will draw heavily on the Bank’s experience in analyzing poverty in developing countries to provide an overview of these issues and of the options available to address them. 

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