A poverty profile of Cambodia, Parts 63-373 by Nicholas M. Prescott, Menno Pradhan

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In the first place, where quantities were missing for food consumption but a nonzero consumption value had been recorded, quantities were imputed using the estimated price for that particular food item. Second, if a quantity (value) was outside the 95 percent confidence interval, and the unit value for that observation differed by factor of more than five from the estimated price for that region, the quantity (value) was imputed on the basis of the value (quantity) and the estimated price for that food item.

In contrast, for the rural domain the average expansion factor amounts to 348. Overall, the survey covered 65% of the individuals of Cambodia slightly lower than the percentage of households (68%). Coverage ranged from 100% of the population living in Phnom Penh, to 90% of the population in Other Urban areas and only 60% of the Rural population. All the empirical results presented in this report are valid only for those areas which were included in the survey. SESC Questionnaire Since the main objective of the SESC was to generate expenditure weights for a new consumer price index, the survey questionnaire collected very detailed information on consumption patterns.

The reference periods for nonfood consumption differ depending on the item. For nonfood consumption only expenditure values were collected. Again, the survey distinguishes between in kind and in cash consumption. The information gathered in the survey is sufficient to construct a descriptive poverty profile using consumption-based measures of poverty. The distribution of per capita consumption expenditure is available, together with the detailed data on quantities of food consumption which are needed to construct a calorie-based poverty line.

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