Handbook on poverty and inequality

This book form the World Bank provides a range of tools which allow the user to measure, describe, monitor, evaluate, and analyze poverty.

The book is specifically designed for researchers and analysts involved in poverty research and policy making.

"The handbook has been thoroughly tested. The World Bank Institute has used most of the chapters in training workshops in countries throughout the world, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malawi, Pakistan, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Thailand, as well as in distance courses with substantial numbers of participants from numerous countries in Asia (in 2002) and Africa (in 2003), and online asynchronous courses with more than 200 participants worldwide (in 2007 and 2008). The feedback from these courses has been very useful in helping us create a handbook that balances rigor with accessibility and practicality." (Haughton & Khandker, 2009)


  • Chapter 1: What Is Poverty and Why Measure It? 
  • Chapter 2: Measuring Poverty 
  • Chapter 3: Poverty Lines 
  • Chapter 4: Measures of Poverty 
  • Chapter 5: Poverty Indexes: Checking for Robustness 
  • Chapter 6: Inequality Measures 
  • Chapter 7: Describing Poverty: Poverty Profiles 
  • Chapter 8: Understanding the Determinants of Poverty 
  • Chapter 9: Poverty Reduction Policies 
  • Chapter 10: International Poverty Comparisons 
  • Chapter 11: The Analysis of Poverty over Time 
  • Chapter 12: Vulnerability to Poverty 
  • Chapter 13: Poverty Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Chapter 14: Using Regression 
  • Chapter 15: The Effects of Taxation and Spending on Inequality and Poverty 
  • Chapter 16: Using Survey Data: Some Cautionary Tales 
  • Appendix 1: Data Introduction 
  • Appendix 2: Stata Preliminary 
  • Appendix 3: Exercises 


Haughton, J., & Khandker, S. R. The World Bank, (2009). Handbook on poverty and inequality. Retrieved from website: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/11985

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