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LSMS Data Quality in Maoist Influenced Areas of Nepal

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  • Magnus Hatlebakk

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The first round of the Nepal Living Standards Survey (NLSS1) is a high quality data source that has been applied for a number of empirical studies. Data were collected in 1995/96, prior to the civil war in Nepal. The Maoist party of Nepal started the so called People's war in 1996, and gradually extended their influence in the rural areas. Eight years into the war, in 2003/04, the Central Bureau of Statistics, in collaboration with the World Bank, conducted the second round of the Nepal Living Standards Survey (NLSS2). We investigate to what extent the quality of the NLSS2 data has been affected by the Maoists. We find, if any, only minor support for the hypothesis. Furthermore, the Maoists have less control in the plains (terai), where a majority of the population lives, so data from the terai sub-sample of NLSS2 is, in particular, not likely to be biased by the Maoists.

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Paper provided by CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway in its series CMI Working Papers with number 6.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:chm:wpaper:wp2007-6

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Keywords: Household survey Civil war JEL classification: C810; O120;

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  1. Margarita Pivovarova & Eik Leong Swee, 2012. "Quantifying the Microeconomic Effects of War: How Much Can Panel Data Help?," HiCN Working Papers 116, Households in Conflict Network.
  2. Valente, Christine, 2011. "What did the Maoists ever do for us ? education and marriage of women exposed to civil conflict in Nepal," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5741, The World Bank.
  3. Brück, Tilman & Justino, Patricia & Verwimp, Philip & Avdeenko, Alexandra, 2010. "Identifying Conflict and Violence in Micro-Level Surveys," IZA Discussion Papers 5067, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Tilman Brück & Patricia Justino & Philip Verwimp & Andrew Tedesco, 2013. "Measuring Conflict Exposure in Micro-Level Surveys," HiCN Working Papers 153, Households in Conflict Network.

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