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Stephen P. Jenkins
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Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2008 16:05:50 +0100
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Subject: st: standard errors poverty measurement Stata 10

Dear Stata users,

is there a command to derive in Stata 10 with standard errors for  
Foster, Greer and Thorbecke type of poverty measurements?

The poverty rate a such I edrived as following (for one specifc
region)

poverty  pcexp if region==1 , line(9500.4)  h


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Best regards

Christian

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You could use -povdeco- and bootstrap (since you appear not to have
sample weights; they complicate the use of standard bootstrapping
methods -- see Stas Kolenikov's posts)

Alternatively, use linearised methods, exploiting the fact that almost
all poverty indices are means of a convenience variable that you can
easily create. This means that all the power of the -svy- commands can
be applied.

For examples, using Stata 8 I recall, see:

Jenkins, S.P. 2006. Estimation and interpretation of measures of
inequality, poverty, and social welfare using Stata. Presentation at
North American Stata Users' Group Meetings 2006, Boston MA.
http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/bocasug06/16.htm.

[Users already familiar with this presentation might note that the zip
file containing materials has just been updated to contain 3 data
creation do files to explain how the data used in the presentation
examples were created.  Thanks to Kit Baum for updating the zip file
archive for me.]



Stephen
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