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A Measured Approach to Ending Poverty and Boosting Shared Prosperity: Concepts, Data, and the Twin Goals
October 9, 2014A Policy Research Report Launch Event

This new Policy Research Report argues that data and measurement are pivotal to the assessment of the Bank Group’s twin goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity, and, thereby, their achievement.

The latest in the Policy Research Report series, A Measured Approach to Ending Poverty and Boosting Shared Prosperity: Concepts, Data, and the Twin Goals argues that data and measurement are pivotal to the assessment of the Bank Group’s twin goals, and, thereby, their achievement. It addresses critical questions related to the twin goals: How realistic is attainment of these goals? What uncertainties present the greatest risk to their achievement? How do these specific goals fit within the universe of options for measuring poverty and shared prosperity? And what additional investments are needed to improve data quality and national statistical systems in ways that result in better policies?

The report makes an urgent call for strengthened data systems at the country level to better inform national policy and to help international partners identify gaps and prioritize actions.


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    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Director of Research

    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is the Director of Research in the World Bank. After joining the Bank in 1989 as a Young Economist, she has held different positions, including Director of Development Policy, Chief Economist of Financial and Private Sector Development Network, and Senior Research Manager, doing research and advising on financial sector and private sector development issues.
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    Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist

    Kaushik Basu is Senior Vice President (Development Economics) and Chief Economist of the World Bank. Prior to this, he served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and is currently on leave from Cornell University where he is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies.
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    Peter Lanjouw, Research Manager, Poverty and Inequality

    Peter Lanjouw, a Dutch national, is the Research Manager of the Poverty and Inequality Group in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank. He first joined the Bank in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics. During his 20-plus years at the Bank, Lanjouw has pursued research in several geographic regions of the world, including Africa, South Asia, Latin America, East Asia, Europe and Central Asia, and the Middle East. He has also been closely involved with three World Development Reports. Lanjouw is a lead author of the Policy Research Report.
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    Dean Jolliffe, Senior Economist, Poverty and Inequality

    Dean Jolliffe is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank and member of the LSMS-ISA team. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of household surveys and is currently managing ongoing LSMS-ISA work in Ethiopia. He has also worked in the South Asia region at the Bank on poverty assessments for Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Jolliffe is a lead author of the report.
  • James E. Foster, Professor of Economics, George Washington University

    James E. Foster is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The George Washington University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University, holds a Doctorate Honoris Causa, from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (Mexico), and is an Honorary Member of the SCR, Magdalen College, Oxford.
  • Nora Lustig, Professor of Economics, Tulane University; Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development

    Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) and a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Inter-American Dialogue (Washington, DC). Her current research focuses on assessing the incidence of taxation and social spending in over twenty countries around the world, and on the determinants of income distribution dynamics in Latin America.
  • Stephen O’Connell, Chief Economist, USAID

    Stephen O’Connell was appointed as the USAID’s Chief Economist in early 2014. In this role, he provides expert advice to Agency leadership and staff on economic growth. As such, he guides the Agency on economics-based decision making while advancing the profile of economic analysis and sustaining economic expertise within the Agency. He is responsible for keeping USAID’s economists on the cutting edge of ideas in development economics and supporting their use of analytical tools best suited to the Agency’s mission.