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Measuring Poverty in Small Areas:How Low Can You Go?

Oct 15

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

SDPI, Islamabad


Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director,


Professor Stephen Haslett , Institute of Fundamental Sciences –
Statistics, Massey University Palmerston North , New Zealand


Mr Shakeel Ahmad Ramay, Senior Research Associate, SDPI


Note: You may also watch live streaming of the event

(Concept Note)

Efficient targeting of aid relies on detailed
information. But the problem is that even the large scale national sample
surveys are usually not accurate enough to provide this detail. Small area
estimation is a statistical technique developed over the last twenty years or
so which can improve accuracy of surveys by using statistical modelling. A
particular type of small area estimation technique, called poverty mapping
which links survey with a census, is now often being used for estimating and
mapping poverty estimates at a fine level. This method has now been applied in
more than 70 countries. Where there is no recent census, alternative methods
exist. Small area estimation can also be extended, for example to estimating
malnutrition including stunting, underweight and wasting in children under five
years of age. The lecture would cover the context that what small area
estimation is, at what level it can work, and why it is useful. 

Biography: Dr Stephen Haslett is
Professor of Statistics in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey
University, New Zealand. His research interests are in sample survey design and
analysis, small area estimation especially of poverty, linear and generalized
linear mixed models, and statistical consulting. He has been involved in small
area estimation projects for the UN World Food Programme and the World Bank in
Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia and Timor-Leste, and in more
wide ranging projects linked to government statistics offices in over 20
countries including Thailand, Uganda, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and