Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/189998
Authors: 
Arndt, Channing
Mahrt, Kristi
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper No. 2017/153
Abstract: 
Household budget surveys in sub-Saharan Africa are designed to facilitate poverty measurement and may fail to fully capture consumption in wealthy households. As a result, inequality is likely underestimated. We address upper tier consumption underreporting by aligning consumption derived from Mozambican household surveys with national accounts. Consumption in categories most consumed by wealthy households is more frequently underreported, and therefore scaling household level consumption by category upwardly adjusts upper tier consumption. Using scaled consumption, we find evidence that inequality in Mozambique is underestimated and that inequality began increasing in 2002 rather than 2008 as the official numbers suggest.6000 un
Subjects: 
consumption underreporting
household surveys
inequality
Mozambique
national accounts
JEL: 
D31
D63
E01
O55
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-379-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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