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Casting the net wide and deep

lessons in a mixed-methods study of poverty dynamics in rural Bangladesh

Bob Baulch
Peter Davis
2010

Abstract

In this paper we reflect on lessons learned in developing a mixed-methods approach to the study of poverty dynamics in rural Bangladesh. We argue that an integrated approach  a number of advantages over single-method approaches ornon-integrated studies. In particular, mixed-methods research strengthens our ability to make more reliable causal inferences both in individual life trajectories and in collective trends. We examine how attempting to combine qualitative and quantitative methods raises important issues for poverty dynamics research, including the way that concepts are developed and deployed, how causation is identified, how field research is designed and conducted, and how findings are analysed and presented. 

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Conference Paper

Ten Years of War Against Poverty Conference Papers

Conference: Ten Years of War Against Poverty

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