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Poverty and Inequality Analysis Course 2011

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 five modules covering household survey design and implementation, sampling, qualitative and mixed methods, poverty measurement and analysis, and inequality measurement and analysis.

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 five modules. Each module will thus be reasonably self-contained, revising relevant material from previous modules. In the case of modules 4 and 5, on poverty and inequality analysis respectively, these will be offered in sequence during the same week, as experience has shown that there is often an interest to attend both of these modules.

The overall supervisor of the course is Peter Lanjouw, Research Manager, DECPI. The course will be taught mainly by staff of the DEC Poverty and Inequality Group, including Kathleen Beegle, Gero Carletto, Francisco H.G. Ferreira, Kristen Himelein, Talip Kilic, Peter Lanjouw, Michael Lokshin, Branko Milanovic, Gbemisola Oseni, Sergiy Radyakin, Biju Rao, Kinnon Scott, Diane Steele, Roy van der Weide, Michael Woolcock and Zurab Sajaia. There will also be contributions from Martin Ravallion, Director, DECRG, as well as 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 five modules.

DEC Course on Poverty and Inequality Analysis 2011:
Summary of dates, locations and contacts


Dates (2011)




Multi-topic Household Surveys 

January 26-27

J B1-075

Kinnon Scott, Diane Steele


Sampling for Surveys  

January 31-February 1

J B1-065

Kinnon Scott, Juan Muñoz


Mixing qualitative and quantitative methods 

February 9-10

MC C1-200

Vijayendra Rao, Michael Woolcock


Poverty measurement and analysis 

February 28-March 1

JB1-089; MC4-800

Peter Lanjouw, Michael Lokshin


Economic inequality and pro-poor growth 

March 3-4

MC C1-100

Peter Lanjouw, Branko Milanovic


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