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Data Issues and Databases Used in Analysis of Growth, Poverty and Economic Inequality

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  • Heshmati, Almas

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    (Jönköping University, Sogang University)

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This paper focuses on the importance data issues to the analysis of growth, poverty and economic inequality. We introduce a number of major databases frequently used in applied research on growth, poverty and global and international inequality. A discussion of data quality, data consistency, variable definitions and measurement, changing population and household size leading to various necessary scale and price adjustment procedures will follow. The sampling design and various dimensions of sample dependency are also discussed. Based on the existing experience we identify a number of factors that are important in applied research. The focus is on these factors which impacts on reliability, precision, sensitivity and consistency of the results and conclusions drawn.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1263.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1263

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Keywords: income inequality; poverty; growth; decomposition; databases; adjustment; Gini coefficient;

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  1. Heshmati, Almas, 2004. "The World Distribution of Income and Income Inequality," IZA Discussion Papers 1267, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Neutel, Marcel & Heshmati, Almas, 2006. "Globalisation, Inequality and Poverty Relationships: A Cross Country Evidence," IZA Discussion Papers 2223, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Heshmati, Almas, 2004. "Growth, Inequality and Poverty Relationships," IZA Discussion Papers 1338, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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