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Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in Vietnam
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Working PaperA new inequality estimate for urban India?: Using house prices to estimate inequality in Mumbai
This paper applies a novel inequality estimation method to household consumption expenditure in Mumbai, India...House prices Household consumption Household survey
Working PaperMultidimensional poverty in Vietnam: Evidence from a rural household survey
For years, the international development community has been considering poverty as a multidimensional phenomenon, which takes into account not only income or consumption of the poor, but also their access to basic needs (education, health, etc.) and ...Multidimensional poverty Poverty analysis Household survey
Book ChapterThe Fall of the Elephant: Two Decades of Poverty Increase in Côte d'Ivoire, 1988-2008
From the book: Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan AfricaHousehold survey Measurement (Poverty) Welfare economics
Working PaperThe recent evolution of consumption poverty in Rwanda
This paper analyses the evolution of consumption poverty in Rwanda between 2001/1 and 2010/11, using three comparable good quality household surveys analysed along with detailed price data. Rwanda achieved impressive growth over this period...Household survey Poverty Prices
Working PaperTax-benefit microsimulation in Ethiopia: A feasibility study
The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of building a microsimulation model of the Ethiopian tax and benefits system. We first provide a detailed description of the tax and benefits system of the country...Household survey Microeconomics Taxation
Working PaperLand issues in Vietnam 2006–14: Markets, property rights, and investment
This paper uses five waves of the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) to analyse land issues in Vietnam from a number of different angles...Household survey Households Land tenure
Working PaperSocial and political capital in rural Vietnam
This paper exploits five waves of the Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS) to investigate issues of social and political capital in rural Vietnam...Economic development Families Household survey
Policy seminarGrowth, Structural Transformation, and Rural Change in Vietnam: A Rising Dragon on the Move
Working PaperHome-grown and grassroots-based strategies for determining inequality towards policy action: Rwanda’s Ubudehe approach in perspective
Survey-based tools for determining inequality in Africa south of the Sahara have been critiqued for being too expensive, and oftentimes unsuitable to the realities of the region...Economic policy Equality and inequality Household survey
Working PaperAssessing the Impact of Social Grants on Inequality: A South African Case Study
The democratic government in South Africa has developed a system of social grants to combat the high levels of poverty and inequality inherited from the apartheid regime...Equality and inequality Household survey Poverty
Working PaperSouth Africa’s Emerging Black Middle Class: A Harbinger of Political Change?
South Africa has seen a significant increase in the size of the black middle class in the post-apartheid period, but the attitudinal consequences of indicators of the middle class, as of 2011, are inconsistent and modest in size...Democracy Household survey Income
Working PaperThe Fall of the Elephant: Two Decades of Poverty Increase in Côte d’Ivoire (1988-2008)
At the end of the 1980s, Côte d’Ivoire entered a deep macroeconomic crisis that put an end to the often-praised ‘Ivorian miracle’...Household survey Measurement (Poverty) Welfare economics
Journal ArticleEvolution of Land Distribution in West Bengal 1967–2004: Role of Land Reform and Demographic Changes
Part of Journal Special Issue Land and Property RightsEquality and inequality Household survey Land reform
Book ChapterThe Dynamics of Inequality Change in a Highly Dualistic Economy
From the book: Falling Inequality in Latin AmericaEducation Equality and inequality Household survey