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Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg Working Papers in Economics

No 283:
The persistence of urban poverty in Ethiopia: A tale of two measurements

Arne Bigsten () and Abebe Shimeles ()

Abstract: This paper investigates dynamics of poverty in urban Ethiopia using both subjective and objective definitions of poverty. The two sets of estimates of persistence and recurrence of poverty are similar, suggesting that consumption-based mobility estimates are not seriously distorted by measurement error.

Keywords: Subjective poverty; poverty spells; state dependence; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: I32; (follow links to similar papers)

12 pages, January 8, 2008

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