Measurements of Poverty and Inequality. Evaluation of Poverty and Inequality Reduction Policies
- The learning objectives of this course are: to introduce main concepts applied in social policy analysis, definitions and approaches to measure poverty, inequality and quality of life; to provide an understanding of various effects of demographic, social and economic factors on poverty and inequality; to develop practical skills of estimating poverty, inequality and social program effects based on population survey data and official statistics; to familiarize with limitations of statistical data on poverty and inequality coming from dif-ferent sources, focusing on the impact of survey methodology on the content and quality of collected data. to provide a range of quantitative methods of evaluation of poverty and inequality reduction policies; to study examples of their application; to familiarize with the problems that arises when evaluating programs and policies.
- to have a deeper knowledge of well-being, poverty, inequality and quality of life measure-ment
- to be able to estimate, interpret and compare the most popular poverty and inequality indica-tors; to possess knowledge on quantitative methods of evaluation of poverty and inequality reduction policies. to be able to apply methods of assessing policies of poverty and inequality reduction for a specific socio-economic process under study
- to be able to estimate, interpret and compare the most popular poverty and inequality indica-tors;
- to be able to apply methods of assessing policies of poverty and inequality reduction for a specific socio-economic process under study
- acquire practical skills of analytical work on the study of poverty and inequality at national and international level
- to possess knowledge on quantitative methods of evaluation of poverty and inequality reduction policies
- to gain experience of working with STATA, which allow applying methods of poverty and inequality measurement and evaluating policies of their reduction
- Introduction to the course. Poverty and inequality: basic concepts
- Measuring povertyWelfare indicators. Poverty lines. Poverty indices. Robustness of measures. International poverty comparisons.
- Inequality measures
- Policies of reduction poverty and inequality and their estimatesTargeting poverty groups. Understanding the determinants of poverty. Vulnerability to poverty. Reduction poverty policy examples. Taxation and gov-ernment spending in reduction poverty and inequality.
- Policies monitoring and evaluationMonitoring vs. evaluation. Analysis of policies over time. Randomized impact evaluation. Using survey data. Using regressions in impact evaluation. Double difference. Instrumental varia-bles. Propensity score matching in impact evaluation.
- Homework Essay
- TestThe final control test will be held in a distant format
- Participation in the lectures and seminarsCurrent control in the form of solving problems on measurement of poverty/inequality, reduction policy and its impact evaluation based on the population survey data and using Stata package
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.3 * Homework Essay + 0.3 * Participation in the lectures and seminars + 0.4 * Test