PMMA-10176 Poverty, Inequality and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys


There are different approaches to the measurement of poverty. In essence, one can distinguish between the conventional approach to the measurement of poverty, which is based on income and/or expenditure data, and a number of alternative approaches, such as those that employ socio-economic indicators and participatory poverty assessments. Of these alternative approaches, the asset index approach applied to data from international Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) has gained increasing popularity in recent years (Filmer and Pritchett, 1998; Sahn and Stifel, 2000; World Bank, 2000). The main objectives of this project are to: §Calculate an asset index for a sample of sub-Saharan African countries from pooled data from the Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in these countries over the past 25 years. §Calculate a range of standard poverty indices (e.g. FGT indices) and inequality measures (e.g. Gini coefficients and concentration indices) for these countries based on the asset index.


Project leader: Frikkie Booysen

Project researchers: Ronelle Burger | Servaas Van der Berg | Michael von Maltitz | Gideon Du Rand

Journal publication

Authors Co-Authors Title of paper Title of Economic Review Bibliographic references
Frikkie Booysen Ronelle Burger,Servaas Van Der Berg,Michael Von Maltitz,Gideon Du Rand Using an Asset Index to Assess Trends in Poverty in Seven Sub-Saharan African Countries World Development

(2008) Vol. 36, Issue 6, pp. 1113-1130.

Working Papers

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Trends in Poverty and Inequality in Seven African Countries 2007-02-15 1560.93KB 0 0

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Final report

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2006-01-16 871 KB 0 0


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