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A Simple Poverty Scorecard for Bangladesh

Mark Schreiner
28 March 2013

This study uses Bangladesh’s 2010 Household Income and Expenditure Survey to construct an easy-to-use scorecard that estimates the likelihood that a household has expenditure below a given poverty line. The scorecard uses ten simple indicators that field workers can collect in about ten minutes, and poverty scores can be computed by hand in the field. The scorecard’s bias and precision are reported for a range of poverty lines. The simple poverty scorecard is a practical way for pro-poor programs in Bangladesh to measure poverty rates, to track changes in poverty rates over time, and to target services.


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