Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129451
Authors: 
Beck, Ulrik
Pauw, Karl
Mussa, Richard
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2015/126
Abstract: 
This paper decomposes differences between the official poverty estimates of Malawi and a set of revised estimates by Pauw et al. (2016, forthcoming) with respect to five methodological differences: (i) the use of a revised set of unit conversion factors; (ii) the specification and use of regional poverty lines as opposed to a single national poverty line; (iii) the use of implicit survey-based prices rather than external price data; (iv) estimation of food separate poverty lines in the two surveys; and (v) permitting a change in the food/non-food composition of the consumption basket over time. Our results suggest that the decline in national poverty varies between 3.4 and 8.4 percentage points, compared to the official estimate of a decline of 1.8 percentage points.
Subjects: 
growth
poverty
Malawi
poverty measurement
JEL: 
E21
I32
O12
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-015-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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