World Bank economists are finding new and innovative ways to collect timely poverty data. Unlike traditional household surveys that may occur every three or five years, these high-frequency data surveys are conducted quarterly or even in real time. Timely poverty data will help policymakers target programs and crisis responses more effectively. Read more
Countries that conduct household surveys every three or five years could benefit from a new methodology that helps economists predict poverty levels during off years. Data can now be collected on a quarterly basis.