IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/wbk/wbrwps/8033.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Is Poverty in Africa mostly chronic or transient ? evidence from synthetic panel data

Author

Listed:
  • Dang,Hai-Anh H.
  • Dabalen,Andrew L.
  • Dang,Hai-Anh H.
  • Dabalen,Andrew L.

Abstract

Absent actual panel household survey data, this paper constructs, for the first time, synthetic panel data for more than 20 countries accounting for two-thirds of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this process, the analysis employs repeated cross sections that span, on average, a six-year period for each country. The analysis suggests that all these countries as a whole have had pro-poor growth. One-third of the poor population escaped poverty during the studied period, which is larger than the proportion of the population that fell into poverty in the same period. The region also saw a 9 percent reduction in poverty and a 28 percent increase in the size of the middle class. However, chronic poverty remains high, and a considerable proportion of the population is vulnerable to falling into poverty. There is some limited evidence that most resource-rich and middle-income countries have more upward mobility than downward mobility. Post-secondary education is especially strongly associated with higher upward mobility and less downward mobility, which holds to some extent for female-headed and urban households.

Suggested Citation

  • Dang,Hai-Anh H. & Dabalen,Andrew L. & Dang,Hai-Anh H. & Dabalen,Andrew L., 2017. "Is Poverty in Africa mostly chronic or transient ? evidence from synthetic panel data," Policy Research Working Paper Series 8033, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:8033
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/172891492703250779/pdf/WPS8033.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:8033. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Roula I. Yazigi). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/dvewbus.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.