International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Who Should be Interviewed in Surveys of Household Income?

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This study tests the null hypothesis that it is sufficient to interview only the household head to obtain accurate information on household income. Results show that using a husband's estimate of his wife's income does not produce statistically reliable results for poverty analysis. Estimates of the wife's income provided by the husband and wife are in agreement in only 6% of households. While limiting interviews to one person has the advantage of reducing the time and expense of household surveys, this appears detrimental in terms of accuracy, and may lead to incorrect conclusions on the determinants of poverty. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

Publication Title

World Development

Publication Date

7-1-2010

Volume

38

Issue

7

First Page

966

Last Page

973

ISSN

0305-750X

DOI

10.1016/j.worlddev.2009.11.024

Keywords

Africa, gender, household dynamics, household surveys, Malawi, poverty

Disciplines

African Studies | Gender and Sexuality | International and Area Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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