Poverty dynamics and life trajectories in rural Bangladesh

Baulch, B. and Davis, P. (2008) Poverty dynamics and life trajectories in rural Bangladesh. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 2 (2). pp. 176-190.

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This paper presents emerging findings from an ongoing longitudinal study into poverty dynamics and life trajectories in rural Bangladesh. The study integrates a quantitative panel survey of 1787 core households with a sub-sample of 293 qualitative life history interviews. In this paper, we report findings based on two-thirds of the study sites (908 households and 184 life history interviews). While both the qualitative and quantitative data shows movements into and out of poverty, the qualitative data reveal fewer poverty transitions than the quantitative data. Such mismatches appear to be due to the higher, more relative poverty ‘line' used in the qualitative data, together with measurement error and lumpy expenditures in the quantitative data. Individual life trajectories are also shown to be dominated by upward or downward ‘saw tooth' patterns, in which gradual improvements are reversed by periodic crises

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh, economic mobility, life history, poverty dynamics, poverty transitions, social policy, trajectory, wellbeing
Author Affiliation: Chronic Poverty Research Centre, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Subjects: Social Sciences
Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 08:44
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 08:44
Official URL: http://mra.e-contentmanagement.com/archives/vol/2/...
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/10621

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