Calogero (Gero) Carletto is the Manager of the Data Production and Methods Unit in the Development Data Group at the World Bank. For more than a decade, he has led the Living Standards Measurement Survey (LSMS), a long-standing flagship survey program at the World Bank. In 2015, he founded the Center for Development Data (C4D2) - a hub dedicated to fostering methodological innovation and strengthening capacity in household surveys in low- and middle-income countries - which he directed until mid-2019. The Center is home to C4D2-Training, a partnership with regional statistical training centers in Africa to strengthen and harmonize teaching curricula on the collection, analysis and dissemination of survey data. Gero has published dozens of scholarly articles on various topics ranging from poverty, migration, agriculture and rural development, as well as data collection methods and measurement issues. Gero holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Laurea cum Laude in Statistics from the University of Siena, Italy.
The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) and the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) were established 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.
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