The Hunt for the Elusive Big Five

Personality traits such as Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism—also known as the Big Five—are often emphasized to be equally important for many socioeconomic outcomes. Can these be accurately measured and interpreted?Read More

Alternative Methods to Produce Poverty Estimates: When Household Consumption Data Are Not Available (Part II)

In Part I of this blog, the authors discuss the question of how to monitor progress in reducing poverty when the poorest countries of the world are more likely to be missing data for poverty comparisons over time. Drawing from the paper, in this second part of the blog they offer a typology of missing data for poverty comparisons and describe the corresponding candidate imputation approaches for addressing the missing data problem.Read More

Training for Malawi’s 2019/20 Surveys Has Commenced!

Training for Malawi’s Fifth Integrated Household Survey (IHS5) 2019/20 and the Integrated Household Panel Survey (IHPS) 2019 has commenced! The Malawi National Statistical Office (NSO), in collaboration with the World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study, will field the IHS5 from April 2019 to April 2020.Read More