The Analysis of Household Surveys: A Microeconomic Approach to Development Policy

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Over the past 15 years, the availability of cheap and convenient microcomputers has changed the collection methods and analysis of household survey data in developing countries, making the data available within months, rather than years. Simultaneously, analysts have become more interested in exploring ways in which such data may be used to inform and improve the steps involved in policymaking.

This book reviews the analysis of household survey data, including the construction of household surveys, the econometric tools that are the most useful for such analysis, and a range of problems in development policy for which the econometric analysis of household surveys is useful and informative. The author's approach remains close to the data, relying on transparent econometric and graphical techniques to present the data so that policy and academic debates are clearly informed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801852541
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: World Bank Series
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 580,096
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The design and content of household surveys 7
1.1 Survey design 9
1.2 The content and quality of survey data 22
1.3 The Living Standards Surveys 32
1.4 Descriptive statistics from survey data 40
1.5 Guide to further reading 61
2 Econometric issues for survey data 63
2.1 Survey design and regressions 66
2.2 The econometrics of clustered samples 73
2.3 Heteroskedasticity and quantile regressions 78
2.4 Structure and regression in nonexperimental data 92
2.5 Panel data 105
2.6 Instrumental variables 111
2.7 Using a time-series of cross-sections 116
2.8 Two issues in statistical inference 127
2.9 Guide to further reading 131
3 Welfare, poverty, and distribution 133
3.1 Living standards, inequality, and poverty 134
3.2 Nonparametric methods for estimating densities 169
3.3 Analyzing the distributional effects of policy 182
3.4 Guide to further reading 202
4 Nutrition, children, and intrahousehold allocation 204
4.1 The demand for food and nutrition 206
4.2 Intra-household allocation and gender bias 223
4.3 Equivalence scales: theory and practice 241
4.4 Guide to further reading 269
5 Looking at price and tax reform 271
5.1 The theory of price and tax reform for developing countries 273
5.2 The analysis of spatial price variation 283
5.3 Modeling the choice of quality and quantity 293
5.4 Empirical results for India and Pakistan 315
5.5 Looking at price and tax reform 323
5.6 Price reform: parametric and nonparametric analysis 332
5.7 Guide to further reading 334
6 Saving and consumption smoothing 335
6.1 Life-cycle interpretations of saving 337
6.2 Short-term consumption smoothing and permanent income 350
6.3 Models of saving for poor households 357
6.4 Social insurance and consumption 372
6.5 Saving, consumption, and inequality 383
6.6 Household saving and policy: a tentative review 393
6.7 Guide to further reading 399
Code appendix 401
Bibliography 439
Subject index 463
Author index 474
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