Workshop 1: Methods to Measure, Analyze, and Understand Poverty around the World

July 20-23, 2020

lecturer: Dr. Utz Pape
target group: beginners
language: English
This workshop will be taking place online via Cisco WebEx.

The workshop has two main objectives. First, participants will learn generally applicable quantitative methodologies explained in the context of poverty measurement and analysis. Second, participants will obtain a better understanding of poverty and its trends around the world. The workshop will introduce concepts of poverty and explain a variety of methods how to measure and analyze poverty followed by hands-on exercises to apply the newly learnt methodologies. The workshop will offer new insights for students from all backgrounds. Less quantitatively versed students will be able to solve exercises using Excel, while methodologically more advanced students will learn new commands and concepts in Stata/R.

required reading:
Less technical references (required):

  • Beegle, Kathleen, Luc Christiaensen, Andrew Dabalen, and Isis Gaddis. Poverty in a Rising Africa. Washington, DC: World Bank Publications, 2016.
  • Beegle, Kathleen, and Luc Christiaensen, eds. Accelerating Poverty Reduction in Africa. Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2019.
  • Cuesta, José; Negre, Mario. 2016. Poverty and shared prosperity 2016: taking on inequality. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.
  • World Bank. Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2018: Piecing Together the Poverty Puzzle. The World Bank, October 17, 2018.

More technical references (not required):

  • Deaton, Angus, and Salman Zaidi. “Guidelines for Constructing Consumption Aggregates for Welfare Analysis.” Living Standards Measurement Study, 2002, 135.
  • Haughton, Jonathan; Khandker, Shahidur R.. 2009. Handbook on Poverty and Inequality. Washington, DC: World Bank.

course requirements (2 credits):
Active participation; one 3-minute summary of the previous day and one 5-minute presentation about poverty in a country of choice (to be prepared before the week).

This workshop is fully booked.