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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

Urbanization and poverty reduction -- the role of rural diversification and secondary towns (English)

A rather unique panel tracking more than 3,300 individuals from households in rural Kagera, Tanzania during 1991/4-2010 shows that about one in two individuals/households who exited poverty did so by transitioning from agriculture into the rural nonfarm economy or secondary towns. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6422 APR 01, 2013

Christiaensen, Luc; De Weerdt, Joachim; Todo, Yasuyuki

Risk sharing and internal migration (English)

Over the past two decades, more than half the population in rural Tanzania migrated within the country, profoundly changing the nature of traditional institutions such as informal risk sharing. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6429 APR 01, 2013

Hirvonen, Kalle; De Weerdt, Joachim

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

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

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 long-run impact of orphanhood (English)

This paper presents unique evidence that orphanhood matters in the long run for health and education outcomes, in a region of Northwestern Tanzania. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4353 SEP 01, 2007

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

Adult mortality and consumption growth in the age of HIV/AIDS (English)

The authors use a 13-year panel of individuals in Tanzania to assess how adult mortality shocks affect both short and long-run consumption growth of surviving household members. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4082 DEC 01, 2006

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