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Using an asset index to simulate household income

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  • Harttgen, Kenneth
  • Vollmer, Sebastian

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Commonly available survey data for developing countries often do not include income or expenditure data. This data limitation puts severe constraints on standard poverty and inequality analyses. We provide a simple approach to simulate household income based on publicly available Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and macroeconomic data. We illustrate our approach with DHS data for Bolivia, Indonesia and Zambia.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 121 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 257-262

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:121:y:2013:i:2:p:257-262

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Keywords: Asset index; Household income; Developing countries;

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