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CPRC Research themes

The CPRC’s Poverty dynamics and economic mobility theme sought to address three broad questions though a range of quantitative and qualitative methods:

  • What enables individuals and households to escape chronic poverty?
  • What prevents individuals and households from escaping chronic poverty?
  • What leads individuals and households to fall into chronic poverty?

Our analysis has brought a deeper understanding of the economic, social and political processes that shape patterns of deprivation and well-being, and their implications for anti-poverty policy.


Poverty dynamics has comprised some of the CPRC's flagship research, through in-depth analysis of panel data and innovative integrated and sequenced qualitative and quantitative (Q2) research.

An edited volume Why Poverty Persists: Poverty Dynamics in Asia and Africa brings together much of CPRC's analysis of poverty dynamics from a panel data perspective. 

The CPRC has successfully completed two big Q2 projects in Bangladesh and Tanzania - which have contributed to national poverty analyses and shown much potential to impact policymaking. Q² approaches have also been used in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda.

Many resources including a comprehensive annotated list of household panel data sets in developing countries, the public release of the panel data and an annotated life histories from the Bangladesh project and two Toolkit Notes with computer routines to facilitate the analysis of panel data, have been produced.

Key resources

Understanding poverty dynamics
Methods to measuring poverty dynamics
Poverty dyamics country studies

*Revised versions of these papers are included in the book Why Poverty Persists: Poverty Dynamics in Asia and Africa

Selected annotated life histories from CPRC-IFPRI-DATA longitudinal study of poverty dynamics in rural Bangladesh.

See more resurces on Poverty dynamics, life histories and Q2 studies.




Publication highlights

Why Poverty Persists: Poverty Dynamics in Asia and Africa


Poverty Dynamics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives



Theme leader

Bob Baulch
CPRC Poverty Dynamics theme leader