Empirical Analysis of Poverty Dynamics: With Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa

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Peter Lang, 2007 - Business & Economics - 154 pages
The empirical analysis of poverty over time is still severely constrained by the available survey data in developing countries. In the past, this has led to a neglect of certain aspects of poverty dynamics or even biased assessments of poverty dynamics. This book explicitly takes into account the present data limitations, proposing alternative methods for the empirical analysis of poverty dynamics. The work addresses both the problems related to limited data in the analysis of macro-level (or national) as well as micro-level (or household) poverty dynamics. The proposed methods are applied to survey data from various sub-Saharan African countries. As these countries do not only have the most limited economic survey data but also show the highest poverty rates in the world an accurate understanding of the underlying poverty dynamics seems to be most important for these countries.

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Introduction and Overview
A GrowthPovertyParadox?
ProPoor Growth and Inflation Inequality

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About the author (2007)

The Author: Isabel Gunther was born in Stuttgart in 1978. As a Ph.D. student between 2004 and 2007, she was a research and teaching associate at the Department of Economics at the University of Gottingen. She has also worked as a consultant for the GTZ, the World Bank and the African Development Bank in various sub-Saharan African countries on a temporary basis. Since 2007, the author is a postdoctoral fellow within the Program on the Global Demography of Aging at Harvard University.

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