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Title:Data Issues and Databases Used in Analysis of Growth, Poverty and Economic Inequality PDF Logo
Authors:Heshmati, Almas
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1263
Abstract:This paper focuses on the importance data issues to the analysis of growth, poverty and economic inequality. We introduce a number of major databases frequently used in applied research on growth, poverty and global and international inequality. A discussion of data quality, data consistency, variable definitions and measurement, changing population and household size leading to various necessary scale and price adjustment procedures will follow. The sampling design and various dimensions of sample dependency are also discussed. Based on the existing experience we identify a number of factors that are important in applied research. The focus is on these factors which impacts on reliability, precision, sensitivity and consistency of the results and conclusions drawn.
Subjects:income inequality
poverty
growth
decomposition
databases
adjustment
Gini coefficient
JEL:D63
D31
N30
C10
I32
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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