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.