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Estimating Poverty among Refugee Populations : A Cross-Survey Imputation Exercise for Chad (English)

Household consumption surveys do not typically cover refugee populations, and poverty estimates for refugees are rare. This paper tests the performance of cross-survey imputation methods to estimate poverty for a sample of refugees in Chad, by combining United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees survey and administrative data. The proposed method offers poverty estimates based on administrative data that fall within a 95 percent margin of poverty estimates based on survey consumption data. This result is robust to different poverty lines, sets of regressors, and modeling assumptions of the error term. The method outperforms common targeting methods, such as proxy means tests and the targeting method currently used by humanitarian organizations in Chad.


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    Beltram,Theresa, Dang,Hai-Anh H., Sarr,Ibrahima-000535387, Verme,Paolo

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    Estimating Poverty among Refugee Populations : A Cross-Survey Imputation Exercise for Chad

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    conflict and violence; comparing poverty; millennium development goal; individual level; household consumption per capita; national food poverty line; imputation method; linear regression model; national poverty line; household consumption survey; international poverty line; country of origin; poverty estimate; coping strategy; un general assembly; food poverty rate; labor force survey; estimation of poverty; household food consumption; total consumption expenditure; purchasing power parity; poverty mapping exercise; number of refugees; Internally Displaced Person; representative household surveys; high poverty rate; freedom of movement; food assistance program; data on refugees; gross domestic product; parameter of interest; change in welfare; household and individual; expenditures on education; information on consumption; total poverty line; low poverty line; high poverty line; data on consumption; instrumental variable estimation; frequency of use; animal ownership; refugee population; consumption aggregate; asylum seeker; consumption datum; demographic variables; confidence interval; standard error; welfare indicator; leakage rate; official poverty; targeting performance; linear model; refugee household; exclusion error; survey data; household welfare; administrative datum; estimation result; registration system; forced displacement; Displaced Population



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Beltram,Theresa Dang,Hai-Anh H. Sarr,Ibrahima-000535387 Verme,Paolo

Estimating Poverty among Refugee Populations : A Cross-Survey Imputation Exercise for Chad (English). Policy Research working paper,no. WPS 9222,Paper is funded by the Knowledge for Change Program (KCP) Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.