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Peter F. Lanjouw

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PETER LANJOUW, a Dutch national, is Research Manager of the Poverty Group in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Amsterdam Institute of International Development, Netherlands. He completed his Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics in 1992. From August 2003 until August 2005, he was a visiting scholar at the Agriculture and Resource Economics department at UC Berkeley, and he held the appointment of Professor of Economics at the VU University of Amsterdam between September 1998 and May 2000. He has taught in the Masters in Development Economics program at the University of Namur, Belgium and has also taught at the Foundation for the Advanced Study of International Development in Tokyo, Japan. His research focusses on various aspects of poverty and inequality measurement as well as on rural development issues.

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Welfare dynamics measurement : two definitions of a vulnerability line and their empirical application (English)

Little research currently exists on a vulnerability line that distinguishes the poor population from the population that is not poor but that still faces significant risk of falling back into poverty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6944 JUN 01, 2014

Dang , Hai-Anh H.; Lanjouw, Peter F.

2012 Vietnam poverty assessment : well begun, not yet done - Vietnam's remarkable progress on poverty reduction and the emerging challenges : Bao cao danh gia ngheo Viet Nam 2012 : khoi dau tot, nhung chua phai da hoan thanh - thanh tuu an tuong cua Viet Nam trong giam ngheo va nhung thach thuc moi (Vietnamese)

This report examines the lives of poor men, women, and children and explores the constraints and opportunities they face today in rising out of poverty. ... See More +

Poverty Assessment 74910 AUG 16, 2013

Badiani, Reena; Baulch, Bob; Brandt, Loren; Dat, Vu Hoang; Giang, Nguyen Tam; Gibson, John; Giles, John; Hinsdale, Ian; Hung, Pham; Kozel, Valerie; Lanjouw, Peter; Marra, Marleen; Ngoc, Vu Van; Phuong, Nguyen Thi; Schuler, Paul; Thang, Nguyen; Thanh, Hoang Xuan; Trung, Le Dang; Tung, Phung Duc; Viet Cuong, Nguyen; Vu, Linh Hoang; Wells-Dang, Andrew English

2012 Vietnam poverty assessment : well begun, not yet done - Vietnam's remarkable progress on poverty reduction and the emerging challenges (English)

This report examines the lives of poor men, women, and children and explores the constraints and opportunities they face today in rising out of poverty. ... See More +

Poverty Assessment 74910 AUG 16, 2013

Badiani, Reena; Baulch, Bob; Brandt, Loren; Dat, Vu Hoang; Giang, Nguyen Tam; Gibson, John; Giles, John; Hinsdale, Ian; Hung, Pham; Kozel, Valerie; Lanjouw, Peter; Marra, Marleen; Ngoc, Vu Van; Phuong, Nguyen Thi; Schuler, Paul; Thang, Nguyen; Thanh, Hoang Xuan; Trung, Le Dang; Tung, Phung Duc; Viet Cuong, Nguyen; Vu, Linh Hoang; Wells-Dang, Andrew Vietnamese

Measuring poverty dynamics with synthetic panels based on cross-sections (English)

Panel data conventionally underpin the analysis of poverty mobility over time. However, such data are not readily available for most developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6504 JUN 01, 2013

Dang, Hai-Anh; Lanjouw, Peter

Non-farm diversification, poverty, economic mobility and income inequality : a case study in village India (English)

This paper assembles data at the all-India level and for the village of Palanpur, Uttar Pradesh, to document the growing importance, and influence, of the non-farm sector in the rural economy between the early 1980s and late 2000s. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6451 MAY 01, 2013

Stern, Nicholas; Himanshu; Lanjouw, Peter; Murgai, Rinku

Vietnam's evolving poverty map : patterns and implications for policy (English)

This paper uses small area estimation techniques to update Vietnam's province and district-level poverty map to 2009. It finds that poverty rates continue to be highest in the northern and central mountainous regions, where ethnic minorities make up a large fraction of the population. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6355 FEB 01, 2013

Lanjouw, Peter; Marra, Marleen; Nguyen, Cuong

The World Bank economic review 26 (3) (English)

This issue of the World Bank economic review includes the following topics of interest: is there a metropolitan bias? the relationship between poverty and city size in a selection of developing countries; impact of SMS-based agricultural information on Indian farmers; crises, food prices, and the income elasticity of micronutrients - estimates from Indonesia; economic geography and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa; the decision to import capital goods in India: firms' financial factors matter; coffee market liberalization and the implications for producers in Brazil, Guatemala and India; implications of COMTRADE compilation practices for trade barrier analyses and negotiations. ... See More +

Publication 80522 NOV 01, 2012

Lanjouw, Peter; Fafchamps, Marcel; Minten, Bart; Skoufias, Emmanuel; Tiwari, Sailesh; Zaman, Hassan; Bosker, Maarten; Garretsen, Harry; Bas, Maria; Berthou, Antoine; Russell, Bill; Mohan, Sushil; Banerjee, Anindya; Yeats, Alexander J.; Ferre, Celine; Ferreira, Francisco H.G.

Intra-generational mobility and repeated cross-sections : a three-country validation exercise (English)

This paper validates a recently proposed method to estimate intra-generational mobility through repeated cross-sectional surveys. The technique allows the creation of a "synthetic panel" -- done by predicting future or past household income using a set of simple modeling and error structure assumptions -- and thus permits the estimation of lower and upper bounds on directional mobility measures. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5916 DEC 01, 2011

Cruces, Guillermo; Perova, Elizaveta; Viollaz, Mariana; Lucchetti, Leonardo; Lanjouw, Peter; Vakis, Renos

Small area estimation-based prediction methods to track poverty : validation and applications (English)

Tracking poverty is predicated on the availability of comparable consumption data and reliable price deflators. However, regular series of strictly comparable data are only rarely available. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5683 JUN 01, 2011

Christiaensen, Luc; Luoto, Jill; Lanjouw, Peter; Stifel, David

Perspectives on poverty in India : stylized facts from survey data (Vol. 1 of 2) : Main report (English)

This report's objective is to develop the evidence base for policy making in relation to poverty reduction. It produces a diagnosis of the broad nature of the poverty problem and its trends in India, focusing on both consumption poverty and human development outcomes. ... See More +

Publication 57428 APR 13, 2011

Dubey, Amaresh; Pigato, Miria; Jaison, Shiny; Das, Maitreyi; Yoshida, Nobuo; Datt, Gaurav; May, Ernesto; Deaton, Angus; Das, Jishnu; Ravallion, Martin; Hall, Gillett; Kapur, Davesh; Dercon, Stefan; Kapoor, Soumya; Crost, Benjamin; Himanshu; Zagha, N. Roberto; Krutikova, Sonya; de Janvry, Alain; Vishwanath, Tara; Lanjouw, Peter; Soni, Rita; Dutta, Puja Vasudeva; Rascon, Ericka; Sriram, Jyoti; Sadoulet, Elisabeth; Witsoe, Jeffrey; Murgai, Rinku; Joddar, Pinaki; Nikitin, Denis

Poverty and social exclusion in India (Vol. 1 of 2) : Main report (English)

The report is organized around three chapters, in addition to this overview, each one dealing with an excluded group: Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC), and women. ... See More +

Publication 61314 APR 12, 2011

Kalwij, Adriaan; Dubey, Amaresh; Cooper, Gertrude; Badda, John Prakash; Rashid, Mansoora; Das, Maitreyi Bordia; Noon, James; Talukdar, Tanusree; Pradhan, Sujata; Sharif, Iffath; Verschoor, Arjan; Hall, Gillette; Kapoor, Soumya; Desai, Sonalde; Vanneman, Reeve; Kebede, Bereket; Zagha, N. Roberto; Witsoe, Jeffrey; Dutta, Puja Vasudeva; Johnson, Kiersten; Lanjouw, Peter; Burra, Neera; Nikitin, Denis; Murgai, Rinku; Iversen, Vegard; Joddar, Pinaki

Using repeated cross-sections to explore movements in and out of poverty (English)

Movements in and out of poverty are of core interest to both policymakers and economists. Yet the panel data needed to analyze such movements are rare. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5550 JAN 01, 2011

Dang, Hai-Anh; Luoto, Jill; McKenzie, David; Lanjouw, Peter

Perspectives on poverty in India : stylized facts from survey data (Vol. 2 of 2) : Overview (English)

This report's objective is to develop the evidence base for policy making in relation to poverty reduction. It produces a diagnosis of the broad nature of the poverty problem and its trends in India, focusing on both consumption poverty and human development outcomes. ... See More +

Publication 57428 JAN 01, 2011

Dubey, Amaresh; Pigato, Miria; Jaison, Shiny; Das, Maitreyi; Yoshida, Nobuo; Datt, Gaurav; May, Ernesto; Deaton, Angus; Das, Jishnu; Ravallion, Martin; Hall, Gillett; Kapur, Davesh; Dercon, Stefan; Kapoor, Soumya; Crost, Benjamin; Himanshu; Zagha, N. Roberto; Krutikova, Sonya; de Janvry, Alain; Vishwanath, Tara; Lanjouw, Peter; Soni, Rita; Dutta, Puja Vasudeva; Rascon, Ericka; Sriram, Jyoti; Sadoulet, Elisabeth; Witsoe, Jeffrey; Murgai, Rinku; Joddar, Pinaki; Nikitin, Denis

Poverty and social exclusion in India (Vol. 2 of 2) : Overview (English)

The report is organized around three chapters, in addition to this overview, each one dealing with an excluded group: Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC), and women. ... See More +

Publication 61314 JAN 01, 2011

Kalwij, Adriaan; Dubey, Amaresh; Cooper, Gertrude; Badda, John Prakash; Rashid, Mansoora; Das, Maitreyi Bordia; Noon, James; Talukdar, Tanusree; Pradhan, Sujata; Sharif, Iffath; Verschoor, Arjan; Hall, Gillette; Kapoor, Soumya; Desai, Sonalde; Vanneman, Reeve; Kebede, Bereket; Zagha, N. Roberto; Witsoe, Jeffrey; Dutta, Puja Vasudeva; Johnson, Kiersten; Lanjouw, Peter; Burra, Neera; Nikitin, Denis; Murgai, Rinku; Iversen, Vegard; Joddar, Pinaki

Is there a metropolitan bias ? the inverse relationship between poverty and city size in selected developing countries (English)

This paper provides evidence from eight developing countries of an inverse relationship between poverty and city size. Poverty is both more widespread and deeper in very small and small towns than in large or very large cities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5508 DEC 01, 2010

Ferre, Celine; Lanjouw, Peter; Ferreira, Francisco H.G.

Revisiting between-group inequality measurement : an application to the dynamics of caste inequality in two Indian villages : Revisiting between-group inequality measurement : an application to the dynamics of caste inequality in two Indian villages (English)

Standard approaches to decomposing how much group differences contribute to inequality rarely show significant between-group inequality, and are of limited use in comparing populations with different numbers of groups. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5337 JUN 01, 2010

Rao, Vijayendra; Lanjouw, Peter

A new approach to producing geographic profiles of HIV prevalence : an application to Malawi (English)

Sub-national estimates of HIV prevalence can inform the design of policy responses to the HIV epidemic. Such responses also benefit from a better understanding of the correlates of HIV status, including the association between HIV and geographical characteristics of localities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5207 FEB 01, 2010

Ivaschenko, Oleksiy; Lanjouw, Peter

Poverty decline, agricultural wages, and non-farm employment in rural India : 1983-2004 (English)

The authors analyze five rounds of National Sample Survey data covering 1983, 1987/8, 1993/4, 1999/0, and 2004/5 to explore the relationship between rural diversification and poverty. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4858 MAR 01, 2009

Lanjouw, Peter; Murgai, Rinku

Simulating the impact of geographic targeting on poverty alleviation in Morocco : what are the gains from disaggregation ? (English)

The authors employ the recently completed "poverty map" for Morocco, referring to the year 2004, as a tool for an ex-ante evaluation of the distributional incidence of geographic targeting of public resources. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4724 SEP 01, 2008

Ezzrari, Abdeljouad; Lanjouw, Peter; Douidich, Mohammed

Brazil within Brazil : testing the poverty map methodology in Minas Gerais (English)

The small-area estimation technique developed for producing poverty maps has been applied in a large number of developing countries. Opportunities to formally test the validity of this approach remain rare due to lack of appropriately detailed data. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4513 FEB 01, 2008

Lanjouw, Peter; Elbers, Chris; Leite, Phillippe George

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Welfare dynamics measurement : two definitions of a vulnerability line and their empirical application (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6944 Policy Research Working Paper
2012 Vietnam poverty assessment : well begun, not yet done - Vietnam's remarkable progress on poverty reduction and the emerging challenges : Bao cao danh gia ngheo Viet Nam 2012 : khoi dau tot, nhung chua phai da hoan thanh - thanh tuu an tuong cua Viet Nam trong giam ngheo va nhung thach thuc moi (Vietnamese)
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AUG 16, 2013 74910 Poverty Assessment English
2012 Vietnam poverty assessment : well begun, not yet done - Vietnam's remarkable progress on poverty reduction and the emerging challenges (English)
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AUG 16, 2013 74910 Poverty Assessment Vietnamese
Measuring poverty dynamics with synthetic panels based on cross-sections (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6504 Policy Research Working Paper
Non-farm diversification, poverty, economic mobility and income inequality : a case study in village India (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 WPS6451 Policy Research Working Paper
Vietnam's evolving poverty map : patterns and implications for policy (English)
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FEB 01, 2013 WPS6355 Policy Research Working Paper
The World Bank economic review 26 (3) (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 80522 Publication
Intra-generational mobility and repeated cross-sections : a three-country validation exercise (English)
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DEC 01, 2011 WPS5916 Policy Research Working Paper
Small area estimation-based prediction methods to track poverty : validation and applications (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2011 WPS5683 Policy Research Working Paper
Perspectives on poverty in India : stylized facts from survey data (Vol. 1 of 2) : Main report (English)
See More +
APR 13, 2011 57428 Publication
Poverty and social exclusion in India (Vol. 1 of 2) : Main report (English)
See More +
APR 12, 2011 61314 Publication
Using repeated cross-sections to explore movements in and out of poverty (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2011 WPS5550 Policy Research Working Paper
Perspectives on poverty in India : stylized facts from survey data (Vol. 2 of 2) : Overview (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2011 57428 Publication
Poverty and social exclusion in India (Vol. 2 of 2) : Overview (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2011 61314 Publication
Is there a metropolitan bias ? the inverse relationship between poverty and city size in selected developing countries (English)
See More +
DEC 01, 2010 WPS5508 Policy Research Working Paper
Revisiting between-group inequality measurement : an application to the dynamics of caste inequality in two Indian villages : Revisiting between-group inequality measurement : an application to the dynamics of caste inequality in two Indian villages (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2010 WPS5337 Policy Research Working Paper
A new approach to producing geographic profiles of HIV prevalence : an application to Malawi (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2010 WPS5207 Policy Research Working Paper
Poverty decline, agricultural wages, and non-farm employment in rural India : 1983-2004 (English)
See More +
MAR 01, 2009 WPS4858 Policy Research Working Paper
Simulating the impact of geographic targeting on poverty alleviation in Morocco : what are the gains from disaggregation ? (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2008 WPS4724 Policy Research Working Paper
Brazil within Brazil : testing the poverty map methodology in Minas Gerais (English)
See More +
FEB 01, 2008 WPS4513 Policy Research Working Paper