Talip Kilic

Talip Kilic

Program Manager, Development Data Group

Talip Kilic is a Program Manager at the World Bank Development Data Group and a member of the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team. He was also a core team member for the World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives.

As an expert in complex household surveys, he manages the LSMS Methodology and Tools Program and serves in an advisory role for LSMS-supported national statistical offices and large-scale household surveys. Talip has also been leading the LSMS+ Project on improving the availability and quality of individual-disaggregated survey data; the LSMS High-Frequency Phone Surveys; the World Bank Knowledge for Change Program-funded programmatic research project “Understanding Trends in Sub-National Differences in Economic Well-Being in Low-Middle Income Countries;” as well as the Gender- and Earth Observation-related methodological research activities supported by the 50x2030 Initiative. Relatedly, he serves as a co-chair of the United Nations Task Team on Earth Observation.

Talip’s research focuses on poverty, agriculture, and gender in low- and middle-income countries, as well as survey methodology to improve the quality, timeliness, and policy-relevance of household and farm surveys. In the latter line of work, (i) methods for individual-level survey data collection; (ii) objective measurement, including through sensors; (iii) research on policy implications of non-classical measurement errors in survey data; and (iv) integration of surveys with geospatial, census, administrative, social media, and mobile data are of special interest.

Talip is originally from Istanbul, Turkey, and have a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Knox College in Galesburg, IL.

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    Living Standards Measurement Study

    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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    PBS Documentary: The Crowd & The Cloud

    (Every data point has a human story).
    Citizens4Earth follows Talip Kilic from the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study program as he travels to far-flung rural communities in central and southwestern Uganda, along with the survey teams for the Uganda National Panel Survey (UNPS).
Tel : +1 202 458 5892

  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Data and/or Statistics
  • Food Security
  • Gender
  • Poverty