TextHmwk2_07 - Econ 171-EEP 151 Fall 2007 Alain de Janvry...

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Econ 171-EEP 151 Alain de Janvry Fall 2007 Melissa Hidrobo and Lourdes Rodriguez Homework #2 Guatemala Poverty and Inequality Assessment The World Bank and national governments periodically conduct household surveys to do country poverty and inequality assessments. These surveys are called Living Standards Measurement Surveys (LSMS). Details on these surveys are available at http://www.worldbank.org/lsms/ . In 2000, an LSMS was conducted for Guatemala. This is one of the Latin American countries with a great deal of poverty, high inequality, and sharp contrasts between rural vs. urban and between indigenous vs. non-indigenous populations. You are asked to characterize poverty and inequality in Guatemala, with particular emphasis on heterogeneity between rural/urban and indigenous/non-indigenous populations. The objective of your analysis is to make recommendations to the Government of Guatemala (GoG) as to how to target its efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty (MDG#1). 1. World Bank’s Guatemala Poverty Assessment 2000 The World Bank’s Guatemala Poverty Assessment 2000 is available at: http://wbln0018.worldbank.org/LAC/LACInfoClient.nsf/Date/By+Author_Country/EEBA795E0F22768D8 5256CE700772165?OpenDocument Look at the Executive Summary. In not more than one page indicate: 1.1. What are the main aspects of poverty in Guatemala? 1.2. What are the main policy recommendations made by the Assessment to reduce poverty in
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