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Using Household Panel Data to Understand the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty

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  • Stephen P. Jenkins
  • Thomas Siedler

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This paper discusses how household panel surveys can be informative about the intergenerational transmission of poverty. We consider issues both of data and of the statistical methods that may be applied to those data. Although the data focus is on panel surveys from developed countries, we also briefly consider data availability in developing countries. We set out a list of survey data requirements for intergenerational analysis, and then discuss how the main household panel surveys in developed countries meet the criteria. In order to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of household panel surveys, the section also compares them with other types of longitudinal studies. Next, we review the estimation methods that have been used to examine the intergenerational transmission of poverty when using household panel surveys. Finally, we provide three examples of household panel surveys in developing countries (Indonesia, Malaysia and Mexico) that meet the data requirements for analysis of the intergenerational transmission of poverty.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 694.

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Length: 30 p.
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp694

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Keywords: Demographic change; Consumption structure; Consumption of the elderly;

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  1. Martin Spieß & Martin Kroh & Rainer Pischner & Gert G. Wagner, 2008. "On the Treatment of Non-Original Sample Members in the German Household Panel Study (SOEP): Tracing, Weighting, and Frequencies," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) 98, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  2. Antonella D’Agostino & Andrea Regoli, 2013. "Life Conditions and Opportunities of Young Adults: Evidence from Italy in European Comparative Perspective," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 113(3), pages 1205-1235, September.
  3. Robert Miller, 2007. "Using Family Histories to Understand the Intergenerational Transmission of Chronic Poverty," Working Papers id:1272, eSocialSciences.

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