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Kathleen G. Beegle

Lead Economist

KATHLEEN BEEGLE is a LEAD Economist in the Development Research Group (Poverty and Inequality team).  Her research interest includes the measurement of poverty dynamics, socio-economic dimensions of economic shocks, and methodological studies on household survey data collection.  She was Deputy Director of the World Development Report 2013  on Jobs. Her research work includes studies of livelihoods among households in Tanzania using a 19-year longitudinal survey and a study of  socioeconomic transitions and HIV in Malawi based on a panel survey of young adults.  As member of the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team, she has expertise in the design and implementation of household survey operations and use of household surveys for poverty and policy analysis.  She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University and worked at RAND before joining the World Bank

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HIV testing, behavior change, and the transition to adulthood in Malawi (English)

For young adults living in countries with AIDS epidemics, getting an HIV test may influence near-term decisions, such as when to leave school, when to marry, and when to have a first child. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6825 MAR 01, 2014

Beegle, Kathleen; Poulin, Michelle; Shapira, Gil

The challenge of measuring hunger (English)

There is widespread interest in the number of hungry people in the world and trends in hunger. Current global counts rely on combining each country's total food balance with information on distribution patterns from household consumption expenditure surveys. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6736 JAN 01, 2014

De Weerdt, Joachim; Beegle, Kathleen; Friedman,, Jed; Gibson, John

Can subjective questions on economic welfare be trusted ? evidence for three developing countries (English)

While self-assessments of welfare have become popular for measuring poverty and estimating welfare effects, the methods can be deceptive given systematic heterogeneity in respondents' scales. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6726 DEC 01, 2013

Ravallion, Martin; Himelein, Kristen; Beegle, Kathleen

The state of the poor : where are the poor, where is extreme poverty harder to end, and what is the current profile of the world's poor? (English)

Although the world witnessed an unprecedented pace of poverty reduction over the last decades, reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty by more than 700 million, approximately 1.2 billion people remained entrenched in destitution in 2010.1 In order to leverage developing country efforts and galvanize the international development community to exert concerted effort to end extreme poverty, the World Bank has established the twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity by fostering income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population in every country. ... See More +

Brief 81801 OCT 01, 2013

Olinto, Pedro; Beegle, Kathleen; Sobrado, Carlos; Uematsu, Hiroki

What does variation in survey design reveal about the nature of measurement errors in household consumption ? : What does variation in survey design reveal about the nature of measurement errors in household consumption ? (English)

This paper uses data from eight different consumption questionnaires randomly assigned to 4,000 households in Tanzania to obtain evidence on the nature of measurement errors in estimates of household consumption. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6372 FEB 01, 2013

Gibson, John; Beegle, Kathleen; De Weerdt, Joachim; Friedman, Jed

World development report 2013 : jobs (English)

Jobs are the cornerstone of economic and social development. Indeed, development happens through jobs. People work their way out of poverty and hardship through better livelihoods. ... See More +

World Development Report 73068 OCT 01, 2012

Rama, Martín; Beegle, Kathleen; Hentschel, Jesko

Migration and the transition to adulthood in contemporary Malawi (English)

In many African countries, the timing of important life events -- such as school-leaving, first marriage, and entry into the labor market -- is thought to be strongly tied to migration. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6200 SEP 01, 2012

Poulin, Michelle; Beegle, Kathleen

The World Bank economic review 25 (3) (English)

This paper is organized in following headings: what constrains Africa's exports?; does the internet reduce corruption? evidence from United States and across countries; do labor statistics depend on how and to whom the questions are asked? ... See More +

Publication 80518 OCT 01, 2011

Freund, Caroline; Rocha, Nadia; Andersen, Thomas Barnebeck; Bentzen, Jeanet; Dalgaard, Carl-Johan; Selaya, Pablo; Bardasi, Elena; Beegle, Kathleen; Dillon, Andrew; Serneels, Pieter; Klapper, Leora F.; Love, Inessa; de Mel, Suresh; McKenzie, David; Woodruff, Christopher; Chavis, Larry W.; Gine, Xavier; Mansuri, Ghazala; Picon, Mario; Lederman, Daniel; Rodriguez-Clare, Andres; Xu, Daniel Yi

Family planning and fertility : estimating program effects using cross-sectional data (English)

Although reproductive health advocates consider family planning programs the intervention of choice to reduce fertility, there remains a great deal of skepticism among economists as to their effectiveness, despite little rigorous evidence to support either position. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5812 SEP 01, 2011

Christiaensen, Luc; Beegle, Kathleen; Portner, Claus C

Do labor statistics depend on how and to whom the questions are asked? : results from a survey experiment in Tanzania (English)

Labor market statistics are critical for assessing and understanding economic development. However, widespread variation exists in how labor statistics are collected in household surveys. ... See More +

Journal Article 81275 JUN 14, 2011

Bardasi, Elena; Beegle, Kathleen; Dillon, Andrew; Serneels, Pieter

Reliability of recall in agricultural data (English)

Despite the importance of agriculture to economic development, and a vast accompanying literature on the subject, little research has been done on the quality of the underlying data. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5671 JUN 01, 2011

Beegle, Kathleen; Himelein, Kristen; Carletto, Calogero

Methods of household consumption measurement through surveys : experimental results from Tanzania (English)

Consumption expenditure has long been the preferred measure of household living standards. However, accurate measurement is a challenge and household expenditure surveys vary widely across many dimensions, including the level of reporting, the length of the reference period, and the degree of commodity detail. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5501 DEC 01, 2010

Gibson, John; Beegle, Kathleen; De Weerdt, Joachim; Friedman, Jed

Explaining variation in child labor statistics (English)

Child labor statistics are critical for assessing the extent and nature of child labor activities in developing countries. In practice, widespread variation exists in how child labor is measured. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5414 SEP 01, 2010

Dillon, Andrew; Beegle, Kathleen; Bardasi, Elena; Serneels, Pieter

Do labor statistics depend on how and to whom the questions are asked ? results from a survey experiment in Tanzania (English)

Labor market statistics are critical for assessing and understanding economic development. In practice, widespread variation exists in how labor statistics are measured in household surveys in low-income countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5192 JAN 01, 2010

Dillon, Andrew; Beegle, Kathleen; Bardasi, Elena; Serneels, Pieter

Demographic and socioeconomic patterns of HIV/AIDS prevalence in Africa (English)

Understanding the demographic and socioeconomic patterns of the prevalence and incidence of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa is crucial for developing programs and policies to combat HIV/AIDS. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5076 OCT 01, 2009

de Walque, Damien; Beegle, Kathleen

The long-run impacts of adult deaths on older household members in Tanzania (English)

HIV/AIDS is drastically changing the demographic landscape in high-prevalence countries in Africa. The prime-age adult population bears the majority of the mortality burden. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5037 SEP 01, 2009

Adhvaryu, Achyuta R.; Beegle, Kathleen

Frame-of-reference bias in subjective welfare regressions (English)

Past research has found that subjective questions about an individuals' economic status do not correspond closely to measures of economic welfare based on household income or consumption. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4904 APR 01, 2009

Ravallion, Martin; Beegle, Kathleen; Himelein, Kristen

Orphanhood and the living arrangements of children in sub-saharan Africa (English)

Increasing adult mortality due to HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa raises considerable concerns about the welfare of surviving children. Studies have found substantial variability across countries in the negative impacts of orphanhood on child health and education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4889 MAR 01, 2009

Filmer, Deon; Tiererova, Lucia; Beegle, Kathleen; Stokes, Andrew

Migration and economic mobility in Tanzania : evidence from a tracking survey (English)

This study explores the extent to which migration has contributed to improved living standards of individuals in Tanzania. Using longitudinal data on individuals, the authors estimate the impact of migration on consumption growth between 1991 and 2004. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4798 DEC 01, 2008

Beegle, Kathleen; Dercon, Stefan; De Weerdt, Joachim

The consequences of child labor : evidence from longitudinal data in rural Tanzania (English)

This paper exploits a unique longitudinal data set from Tanzania to examine the consequences of child labor on education, employment choices, and marital status over a 10-year horizon. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4677 JUL 01, 2008

Beegle, Kathleen; Krutikova, Sofya; Dehejia, Rajeev H.; Gatti, Roberta

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HIV testing, behavior change, and the transition to adulthood in Malawi (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6825 Policy Research Working Paper
The challenge of measuring hunger (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 WPS6736 Policy Research Working Paper
Can subjective questions on economic welfare be trusted ? evidence for three developing countries (English)
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DEC 01, 2013 WPS6726 Policy Research Working Paper
The state of the poor : where are the poor, where is extreme poverty harder to end, and what is the current profile of the world's poor? (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 81801 Brief
What does variation in survey design reveal about the nature of measurement errors in household consumption ? : What does variation in survey design reveal about the nature of measurement errors in household consumption ? (English)
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FEB 01, 2013 WPS6372 Policy Research Working Paper
World development report 2013 : jobs (English)
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OCT 01, 2012 73068 World Development Report
Migration and the transition to adulthood in contemporary Malawi (English)
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SEP 01, 2012 WPS6200 Policy Research Working Paper
The World Bank economic review 25 (3) (English)
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OCT 01, 2011 80518 Publication
Family planning and fertility : estimating program effects using cross-sectional data (English)
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SEP 01, 2011 WPS5812 Policy Research Working Paper
Do labor statistics depend on how and to whom the questions are asked? : results from a survey experiment in Tanzania (English)
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JUN 14, 2011 81275 Journal Article
Reliability of recall in agricultural data (English)
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JUN 01, 2011 WPS5671 Policy Research Working Paper
Methods of household consumption measurement through surveys : experimental results from Tanzania (English)
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DEC 01, 2010 WPS5501 Policy Research Working Paper
Explaining variation in child labor statistics (English)
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SEP 01, 2010 WPS5414 Policy Research Working Paper
Do labor statistics depend on how and to whom the questions are asked ? results from a survey experiment in Tanzania (English)
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JAN 01, 2010 WPS5192 Policy Research Working Paper
Demographic and socioeconomic patterns of HIV/AIDS prevalence in Africa (English)
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OCT 01, 2009 WPS5076 Policy Research Working Paper
The long-run impacts of adult deaths on older household members in Tanzania (English)
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SEP 01, 2009 WPS5037 Policy Research Working Paper
Frame-of-reference bias in subjective welfare regressions (English)
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APR 01, 2009 WPS4904 Policy Research Working Paper
Orphanhood and the living arrangements of children in sub-saharan Africa (English)
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MAR 01, 2009 WPS4889 Policy Research Working Paper
Migration and economic mobility in Tanzania : evidence from a tracking survey (English)
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DEC 01, 2008 WPS4798 Policy Research Working Paper
The consequences of child labor : evidence from longitudinal data in rural Tanzania (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2008 WPS4677 Policy Research Working Paper