PEP-CEPA Poverty Measurement and Analysis Workshop

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This course teaches participants how to use monetary and non-monetary approaches for measuring and analyzing poverty and inequality. It also introduces a number of specific technical tools that are useful to prepare reliable and robust poverty and inequality profiles.

The workshop objectives are:

  • To enhance the skills of researchers and development practitioners to conduct poverty and inequality analysis to improve the generation of evidence and decision making processes
  • To improve the theoretical understanding and practical application of concepts of poverty analysis amongst students; including approaches to poverty, inequality and mixed methods. 

It involves:

  • A review of the concepts for the measurement of well-being;
  • An introduction to methods for measuring and comparing monetary and multidimensional poverty;
  • An introduction to the construction and estimation of poverty lines;
  • A demonstration of normatively and statistically robust methods for understanding poverty;
  • An introduction to methods for measuring, comparing and decomposing summary measures of inequality.
  • An introduction to the use of mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) in analyzing poverty.

At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the features, the advantages and the disadvantages of the main approaches to measuring and analyzing well-being;
  • Have constructed poverty profiles that are reliable and robust both from a measurement and from a statistical perspective, using  national survey databases;
  • Be able to estimate monetary poverty lines;
  • Be familiar with the use of ordinal and qualitative indicators of well-being and be introduced to the construction of composite indices of poverty;
  • Be familiar with the use of inequality measures and be able to construct, compare and decompose summary measures of inequality.
  • Be familiar with the relative merits and demerits of quantitative and qualitative methods of poverty analysis and approaches to combining methods
  • The courses will be taught in English using lecture sessions, group work and structured interventions by participants, and individual group assignments.

Tentative Programme



Material and references

The workshop will make extensive use of material developed by PEP

DAD (Distributive Analysis/Analyse Distributive)

Apart from the above material and the material that will be distributed during the workshop, the participants can also access freely the following books

Jean-Yves Duclos and Abdelkrim Araar (Springer, 2006) available at:

Jonathan Haughton and Shahidur R. Khandker (World Bank 2010) The Handbook on Poverty and Inequality available at:


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