Amparo Palacios-López is an Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her primary area of research is agricultural and rural development, with a focus on gender, labor and welfare. As a member of the LSMS-ISA team, she supports the project activities in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda and provides feedback for upcoming surveys. She is also the co-coordinator of the “Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths,” research study that uncovers, verifies, and updates stylized facts associated with African agriculture. She conducts data analysis and is involved in the harmonization of a wide range of indicators across the six LSMS-ISA countries. She has a Ph.D. in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and holds both an M.A. in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an M.S. in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) and the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) were established by the Development Research Group to explore ways of improving the type and quality of household data collected by statistical offices in developing countries. The goal is to foster increased use of household data as a basis for policy decisionmaking.