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A review of consumption poverty estimation for Mozambique

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  • Channing Arndt
  • Sam Jones
  • Kristi Mahrt
  • Vincenzo Salvucci
  • Finn Tarp

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We broadly review the challenges encountered and choices made in the national assessments of consumption poverty using the 1996/97, 2002/03, and 2008/09 budget surveys. Efforts to maintain consistency with the previous survey imply that prior choices tend to be adopted in subsequent analyses. However, because ‘best practice’ evolves, there arises a natural tension between the desire to follow best practice and the desire to maintain consistency with previous analyses. New estimates produce qualitatively very similar results. We conclude that the principal conclusions of the poverty assessments are robust. The results also highlight the value of a consistent and reproducible approach.

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  • Channing Arndt & Sam Jones & Kristi Mahrt & Vincenzo Salvucci & Finn Tarp, 2016. "A review of consumption poverty estimation for Mozambique," WIDER Working Paper Series 035, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  • Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2016-035
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    1. Channing Arndt & M. Azhar Hussain & E. Samuel Jones & Virgulino Nhate & Finn Tarp & James Thurlow, 2013. "Explaining the Evolution of Poverty: The Case of Mozambique," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 95(1), pages 206-206.
    2. Arndt Channing & Demery Lionel & McKay Andrew & Tarp Finn, 2015. "Growth and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania," WIDER Working Paper Series 051, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Ravallion, Martin & Bidani, Benu, 1994. "How Robust Is a Poverty Profile?," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 8(1), pages 75-102, January.
    4. Ravallion, Martin, 2016. "The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement, and Policy," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780190212773.
    5. Channing Arndt & Henning Tarp Jensen & Finn Tarp, 2000. "Stabilization and structural adjustment in Mozambique: an appraisal," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(3), pages 299-323, April.
    6. Channing Arndt & Azhar M. Hussain & Vincenzo Salvucci & Finn Tarp & Lars Peter Østerdal, 2016. "Poverty Mapping Based on First‐Order Dominance with an Example from Mozambique," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(1), pages 3-21, January.
    7. Arndt Channing & Jones Sam & Tarp Finn, 2015. "Mozambique: Off-track or Temporarily Sidelined?," WIDER Working Paper Series 044, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    1. Carlos Gradín & Finn Tarp, 2017. "Investigating growing inequality in Mozambique," WIDER Working Paper Series 208, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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    poverty measurement; utility consistency; cost of basic needs;

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