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Measuring Poverty and Wellbeing in Developing Countries

Channing Arndt and Finn Tarp


Detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys, have been ongoing for more than three decades. The large majority of developing countries now regularly conduct a variety of household surveys, and their information base with respect to poverty and wellbeing has improved dramatically. Nevertheless, appropriate measurement of poverty remains complex and controversial. This is particularly true in developing countries where (i) the stakes with respect to poverty reduction are high; (ii) the determinants of living standards are often volatile; and (ii ... More

Keywords: poverty, poverty analysis, wellbeing, developing countries, household surveys

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744801
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Channing Arndt, editor
Senior Research Fellow, World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University

Finn Tarp, editor
Director, UN University World Institute for Development Economics Research

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Part I Principles and Choices

2 Absolute Poverty Lines

Channing Arndt, Kristi Mahrt, and Finn Tarp

3 Multidimensional First-Order Dominance Comparisons of Population Wellbeing

Nikolaj Siersbæk, Lars Peter Østerdal, and Channing Arndt

4 Estimation in Practice

Channing Arndt and Kristi Mahrt

Part II Country Applications

6 Estimating Utility-Consistent Poverty in Madagascar, 2001–10

David Stifel, Tiaray Razafimanantena, and Faly Rakotomanana

7 Methods Matter

Ulrik Beck, Richard Mussa, and Karl Pauw

8 A Review of Consumption Poverty Estimation for Mozambique

Channing Arndt, Sam Jones, Kristi Mahrt, Vincenzo Salvucci, and Finn Tarp

9 Poverty Trends in Pakistan

Edward Whitney, Hina Nazli, and Kristi Mahrt

10 Uganda

Bjorn Van Campenhout, Haruna Sekabira, and Fiona Nattembo

12 Child Deprivation and Income Poverty in Ghana

Raymond Elikplim Kofinti and Samuel Kobina Annim

13 Measuring Multidimensional Poverty in Nigeria

Olu Ajakaiye, Afeikhena T. Jerome, Olanrewaju Olaniyan, Kristi Mahrt, and Olufunke A. Alaba

14 Multidimensional Assessment of Child Welfare for Tanzania

Channing Arndt, Vincent Leyaro, Kristi Mahrt, and Finn Tarp

15 Estimating Multidimensional Poverty in Zambia

Kristi Mahrt and Gibson Masumbu

Part III Summing-Up and Lessons Learnt

16 Synthesis

Channing Arndt, Kristi Mahrt, and Finn Tarp

17 Keep It Real

Ulrik Beck

18 Conclusions and Looking Forward

Channing Arndt and Finn Tarp