PMMA-10263 Transient and Chronic Rural Household Poverty: Evidence from Kenya

Abstract

Most of the earlier studies of poverty in Kenya have basically been static in nature. They have attempted to measure household welfare -- incidence, gap and severity-- at a point in time. Such studies are undeniably vital. However, they do not necessarily provide a good indication of welfare stability over time. This study makes an empirical contribution to poverty analysis by incorporating poverty dynamics dimension in poverty analysis in Kenya. We first examine poverty dynamics using economic transition matrices. Next, we decompose total poverty into transient and chronic poverty components using transient poverty as censored fluctuation and equally-distributed equivalent (EDE) poverty gaps approaches for comparison. The latter approach introduces inequality into poverty decomposition. Finally, we establish important correlates of poverty components and where possible, attribute causality to them.. Given the high household poverty incidences and the countrys limited resources, this study is considered urgent especially in assisting anti-poverty targeting strategies.


Members

Project leader: Milu Muyanga

Project researchers: Miltone Ayieko | Mary Bundi


Journal publication

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Working Papers

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Transient and Chronic Rural Household Poverty: Evidence from Kenya 2007-05-15 1018.62KB 0 0

Policy Briefs

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Transient and Chronic Rural Household Poverty: Evidence from Kenya 2007-09-15 36.84KB 0 0

Final report

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2006-11-07 692 KB 2 1

Proposal

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2005-05-16 155 KB 0 0

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