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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

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

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

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

Measuring household usage of financial services : does it matter how or whom You Ask ? (English)

In recent years, the number of surveys of access to and use of financial services has multiplied, but little is known about whether the data generated are comparable across countries, or within the same country over time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5048 SEP 01, 2009

Scott, Kinnon; Cull, Robert

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