Measures of poverty and inequality are used across many research areas for comparisons – such as assessments of whether poverty has increased, or which are the poorest regions in a country – or for studies aiming to determine associations of various outcomes - such as health and educational attainment - with poverty. The meaning and measurement of poverty is however not always so straightforward. How should the concept of “well-being” be defined in deciding who is poor? Where should the poverty line be drawn? What poverty measure should be used?
The overall aim of the course is to provide participants with a broad understanding of both conceptual and practical issues associated with empirical analysis of poverty, enabling participants to critically assess existing evidence of inequality and poverty and participate in teams working with poverty assessments.
INTENDED LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the end of the course the participants should be able to:
The course covers Conceptual measures of poverty and inequality, Poverty lines, Poverty and Inequality measures, Multi-dimensional poverty measurement, Comparison of poverty over time and across countries, Understanding determinants of poverty, Poverty impact evaluation and implications of poverty and inequality for social welfare.
Teaching will include lectures with discussion, exercises and group work. Results of group work will be presented in class. The participants are expected to prepare before class. Materials and suggested preparations will be circulated to participants before start of the course.
Dr. Charles Ackah, Senior Research Fellow & Head of Economics Division, Institute of Statistical, Social & Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana.
TIME AND PLACE
Date: 16TH – 18TH JANUARY, 2017
Time: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Venue: ISSER, UNIVERSITY OF GHANA
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 10, 2017