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Inequality Decomposition without Income or Expenditure Data: Using an Asset Index to Simulate Household Income

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  • Kenneth Harttgen

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    (Development Economics, University of Göttingen)

  • Sebastian Vollmer

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    (Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University, Center for Population and Development Studies)

Abstract

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, Burkina Faso, Indonesia and Zambia. We calculate standard inequality measures and decompose inequality by urban/rural, sex of the household head, household size and education of the household head.

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Paper provided by Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its series Human Development Research Papers (2009 to present) with number HDRP-2011-13.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Publication status: Published as background research for the 2011 Human Development Report.
Handle: RePEc:hdr:papers:hdrp-2011-13

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Keywords: Inequality; Asset index; Income simulation;

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  1. Harttgen, Kenneth & Klasen, Stephan, 2010. "A household-based Human Development Index," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Hannover 2010 30, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
  2. Kenneth Harttgen & Stephan Klasen & Sebastian Vollmer, 2012. "Economic Growth and Child Undernutrition in Africa," Working Papers 2012-013, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa (UNDP/RBA).

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