Updating Poverty Maps Between Censuses: A Case Study of Albania

  • Gianni BettiEmail author
  • Andrew Dabalen
  • Céline Ferré
  • Laura Neri
Part of the Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being book series (EIAP, volume 8)


The geography of poverty dynamics is of core interest to both researchers and policy makers. Yet, due to lack of panel data, the measurement of such movements has been very limited. In this chapter, the authors consider a method to construct updated poverty maps between censuses. They build on the methodology used to construct counterfactual distribution of welfare measures. Unlike methods that rely on panel data or availability of time-invariant household characteristics, both of which are difficult to obtain, the authors propose a method that can be applied to most datasets. They use the example of Albania where census data were available in 2001 and household-level data were available for 2002, 2005, and 2008 to illustrate the updating of poverty maps. The results are quite encouraging to look at poverty mobility as they predict intercensal poverty estimates quite well.


Household Survey Poverty Rate Small Area Estimation Welfare Estimate Poverty Estimate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianni Betti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrew Dabalen
    • 2
  • Céline Ferré
    • 2
  • Laura Neri
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.The World BankWashingtonUSA

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