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GTAP Resource #2754

"What Happens Between the Waves? Estimating Inter-Wave Dynamics from Limited Survey Data with Application to Poverty Transitions in South Africa and Vietnam"
by Baulch, Bob, Lindsay Shutes and Sherman Robinson

In recent years, the number of household panel data sets available for developing countries has increased dramatically and along with these the number of studies on poverty dynamics and economic mobility in low and middle-income countries. These data provide valuable information about the transitions made between welfare groups for households and individuals for the period covered by each wave of the survey. It is desirable however to understand the dynamics that exist in the years between each survey wave. A method for estimating annual transition matrices from periodic survey data is presented in this paper. The method uses a cross entropy estimation technique that is ideally suited to situations of limited data. The method is applied to household poverty transitions in South Africa and Vietnam. The estimation technique presented in this paper is flexible and can easily be extended to other data sets. As such, this approach provides a useful addition to current methods of analysing panel data.

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Category: 2008 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 11th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Helsinki, Finland
Date: 2008
Created: Shutes, L. (4/15/2008)
Updated: Batta, G. (6/11/2008)
Visits: 2,032
- Economic development
- Asia (East)
- Asia (Southeast)
- Commonwealth of Independent States
- South America

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