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Cognitive, Non-Cognitive, and Technical Skills of Poor Rural Farmers: Measurement Challenges and Implications
April 30, 2015LSMS Seminar Series

Karen Macours (Paris School of Economics) will present the results of an experiment aimed at improving the measurement of farmers’ skills through the design of measurement tools that are usable in field conditions.

Speaker: Karen Macours is an Associate Professor at the Paris School of Economics. More »

Overview: Karen Macours of the Paris School of Economics will present the results of an experiment aimed at improving the measurement of farmers’ skills through the design of measurement tools that are usable in field conditions. The skills tested include cognitive functioning, non-cognitive functioning (e.g. openness-to-change, personality, self-control, aspirations), and technical agricultural skills. By testing and comparing several methods, the study aims to contribute to the design of more efficient ways of measuring skills relevant for understanding agricultural productivity. The extent to which the measured skills predict economic decisions related to the adoption of advanced agricultural practices is also explored. This study aims to identify the potential gains related to incorporating well-designed skills modules into household surveys such as the LSMS. Recommendations are provided on the skills that matter the most for agriculture and how they can be cost-effectively measured.

 

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2015

The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) is a household survey program housed within the Surveys & Methods Unit of the World Bank's Development Research Group that provides technical assistance to national statistical offices in the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the LSMS program has worked with dozens of statistics offices around the world: generating high-quality data, incorporating innovative technologies and improved survey methodologies, and building technical capacity. The LSMS team also provides technical support across the World Bank in the design and implementation of household surveys and in the measurement and monitoring of poverty.

For more information on LSMS, see https://www.worldbank.org/lsms.

The full list of LSMS Seminars can be viewed here.

Event Details
  • Date: April 30, 2015
  • Location: World Bank Main Complex, MC C2-137
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • CONTACT: Sydney Gourlay
  • sgourlay@worldbank.org