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Improving data on poverty in the Third World : the World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study


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  • Glewwe, Paul


This paper is an account of the World Bank's effort to collect household-level data on poverty in developing countries and what that data says about the effects of government policies on living conditions of the poor. The main objective of the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) surveys is to provide household-level data for evaluating the population's living conditions. This paper gives a history of LSMS and shows general trends that emerged in studies for which LSMS data are available: (a) most of the poor are in rural areas; (b) most of the poor are in households in which the head works in agriculture; and (c) the heads of poor households have low levels of education. Selected results of studies on the persistence of poverty, the effects on the poor, structural adjustment, food stamps and food subsidies, and raising user fees for health care and education are presented.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 416.

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Date of creation: 31 May 1990
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:416

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Keywords: Poverty Assessment; Environmental Economics&Policies; Poverty Lines; Economic Theory&Research; ICT Policy and Strategies;


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  1. Gertler, Paul & Glewwe, Paul, 1990. "The willingness to pay for education in developing countries : Evidence from rural Peru," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 251-275, August.
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  1. Margaret E. Grosh & Paul Glewwe, 1998. "Data Watch: The World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study Household Surveys," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(1), pages 187-196, Winter.


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