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Using repeated cross-sections to explore movements in and out of poverty, Volume 1
Author:Dang, Hai-Anh; Lanjouw, Peter; Luoto, Jill; McKenzie, David; Country:World;
Date Stored:2012/02/27Document Date:2011/01/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Regional Economic Development; Statistical & Mathematical Sciences; Achieving Shared Growth; Rural Poverty Reduction
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education; Health and other social services; Public Administration, Law, and Justice
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Equity And Development Research Program -- -- P099861;Region:The World Region
Report Number:WPS5550Sub Sectors:General education sector; Law and justice; General public administration sector; Health; Other social services
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5550Paper is funded by the Knowledge for Change Program (KCP)TF No/Name:TF094629-KCP
Volume No:1  

Summary: Movements in and out of poverty are of core interest to both policymakers and economists. Yet the panel data needed to analyze such movements are rare. In this paper, the authors build on the methodology used to construct poverty maps to show how repeated cross-sections of household survey data can allow inferences to be made about movements in and out of poverty. They illustrate that the method permits the estimation of bounds on mobility, and provide non-parametric and parametric approaches to obtaining these bounds. They test how well the method works on data sets for Vietnam and Indonesia where we are able to compare our method to true panel estimates. The results are sufficiently encouraging to offer the prospect of some limited, basic, insights into mobility and poverty duration in settings where historically it was judged that the data necessary for such analysis were unavailable.

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