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DEC Course on Poverty and Inequality Analysis


The Development Research Group offers an in-depth course on poverty and inequality analysis every year. The overall aim is to discuss a number of economic principles and analytic tools required for effective policy-making around 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".

The five modules cover household survey design and implementation, sampling, qualitative and mixed methods, poverty measurement and analysis, and economic inequality and pro-poor growth. 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, touching on relevant material covered in other modules. The overall supervisor of the course is Peter Lanjouw, Research Manager, Poverty and Inequality Research Team. 


The course will be taught mainly by staff of the DEC Poverty and Inequality group, with additional participation from the DEC Computational Tools team. Instructors include Raka Banerjee, Kathleen Beegle, Gero Carletto, Francisco H.G. Ferreira, Kristen Himelein, Jonathan Kastelic, Talip Kilic, Peter Lanjouw, Michael Lokshin, Branko Milanovic, Gbemisola Oseni, Sergiy Radyakin, Biju Rao, Zurab Sajaia, Diane Steele, Roy van der Weide, Michael Woolcock and Alberto Zezza. There will also be contributions from Professor James Foster, from George Washington University and Professor Martin Ravallion, Georgetown University.

Course Modules and Materials:  2014 | 2013 | 2012

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