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Poverty in Malawi, 1998

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  • Benson, Todd
  • Machinjili, Charles
  • Kachikopa, Lawrence

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"This paper presents the poverty analysis of the 1997 98 Malawi Integrated Household Survey. The analysis developed basic needs poverty lines, using consumption-based measures of welfare to classify households and individuals as poor and nonpoor. Because consumption data were not of uniform quality across sample households, the analysis made adjustments to derive a more accurate assessment of the incidence of poverty across the country. The analysis provides poverty and inequality estimates for Malawi's population. About 65 percent were unable to meet their basic needs, and poverty was deep and pervasive. The distribution of household welfare was loosely examined within the context of the Malawi Poverty Reduction Strategy to guide government action in helping poor households improve their own well-being." Authors' Abstract

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  • Benson, Todd & Machinjili, Charles & Kachikopa, Lawrence, 2004. "Poverty in Malawi, 1998," FCND discussion papers 183, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    1. Kenneth R. Simler & Channing Arndt, 2007. "Poverty Comparisons With Absolute Poverty Lines Estimated From Survey Data," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, pages 275-294.
    2. Benson, Todd, 2006. "Insights from poverty maps for development and food relief program targeting: an application to Malawi," FCND briefs 205, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    3. Mogues, Tewodaj & Petracco, Carly & Randriamamonjy, Josee, 2011. "The wealth and gender distribution of rural services in Ethiopia: A public expenditure benefit Incidence Analysis," ESSP working papers 33, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    4. Kraybill, David S. & Bashaasha, Bernard, 2005. "Regression-Based Simulation of Anti- Poverty Policies in Uganda," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19203, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    5. Kraybill, David S. & Bashaasha, Bernard, 2004. "Explaining Poverty in Uganda: Evidence from the Uganda National Household Survey," 2004 Inaugural Symposium, December 6-8, 2004, Nairobi, Kenya 9537, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).
    6. L. Cuna, 2004. "Assessing Household Vulnerability to Employment Shocks: A Simulation Methodology Applied to Bosnia and Herzegovina," Working Papers 528, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    7. Deluna, Roperto Jr, 2011. "Factors Affecting the Magnitude of Poor Families Across the Philippines: A Cross Section Data Analysis," MPRA Paper 36606, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Poverty ; poverty analysis ; Malawi ;

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