This policy brief discusses the following key points:
- Panel (longitudinal) data is central to obtaining a better
understanding of poverty dynamics and the persistence of poverty, and
in informing the effective design, targeting, and implementation of
- Panel data provide insights into the effects of economic and
anti-poverty policies, and political changes on individuals,
households, and groups over time. It can thereby enable the monitoring
and robust evaluation of policy.
- Panel data can help policy makers identify the policies which
facilitate escapes from poverty.
- Panel data can deepen our understanding of vulnerability and risk, and
of the multidimensionality and inter-generational transmission of
- One of the frontiers of poverty research is how to make analysis of
the dynamics of poverty and well-being more multi-dimensional.
Integrating and sequencing life history and other qualitative methods
within quantitative panel surveys provides a promising way to do this.
Chronic Poverty Research Centre, London, UK. CPRC Policy Brief 23, 6 pp.
The value of panel data in chronic poverty analysis. Chronic Poverty Policy Brief No. 23.