Preliminary Program for the IARIW-TNBS Conference November 11-13, 2022

Program for the IARIW-TNBS Conference “Measuring Income, Wealth and Wellbeing in Africa” November 11-13, 2022, Arusha International Conference Centre, Arusha, Tanzania  (a
s of November 16, 2022)

The Word version of the conference is available here.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

IARIW-TNBS Pre-Conference Training Session on Income and Wealth Measurement in Household Surveys

Friday, November 11, 2022

Note: For papers with more than one author, the author presenting the paper at the conference is in bold

8:30 AM  Opening Remarks

The Honourable Mwigulu Lameck Nchemba (Minister of Finance and Planning of Tanzania)

Catherine van Rompaey (IARIW President)

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   Session 1: Inequality and Growth

Chair: Rob Swinkels (World Bank)

1. Industrialization in Developing Countries: Is it Related to Poverty Reduction?

Gaaitzen de Vries (University of Groningen, Netherlands) and Abdul Erumban (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Discussant: Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University, Canada)

2. Measuring Earnings Inequality in South Africa Using Household Survey and Administrative Tax Microdata

Andrew Kerr (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Discussant Dean Jolliffe (World Bank)

3. Individual Wealth Inequality: Measurement and Evidence from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Gayatri Koolwal (World Bank), Ardina Hasanbasri (Yale University and World Bank), Heather Moylan (World Bank), and Talip Kilic (World Bank)

Discussant: Panchanan Das (University of Calcutta, India)

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM  Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM  Session 2: Measuring Inequality in Africa

Chair: Catherine van Rompaey (IARIW and World Bank)

1. Measuring Multidimensional Inequality and Conflict in Africa and in a Global Comparison

Laura Radatz (University of Tuebingen, Germany) and Jörg Baten (University of Tuebingen, Germany)

Discussant: Samuel Kofi Tetteh Baah (World Bank)

2. Unequal Opportunity in Income and Wealth: An Empirical Analysis of Inequality in Ghana

Panchanan Das (University of Calcutta, India)

Discussant: Hai-Anh Dang (World Bank)

3. Creating Robust Measures of Poverty and Inequality: Explorations for Rwanda

Jonathan Haughton (Suffolk University, United States), Didier Muhoza (National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda Kigali), and Ivan Murenzi (National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda Kigali)

Discussant: Hai-Anh Dang (World Bank)

Lunch 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM 

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM  Session 3: Methodological Issues in Measuring Poverty

Chair: Gabriel Simbila (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania)

1. A New, Nuanced Narrative of Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa with the 2017 PPPs

Samuel Kofi Tetteh Baah (World Bank) and Christopher Lakner (World Bank)

Discussant: Abdul Erumban (University of Groningen)

2. Constructing a Nutrition Deficiency Index Applications for the Democratic Republic of the Congo under a Decade of Humanitarian Crises

Mousumi K. Bhattacharjee (Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences), Patrice L. Mirindi (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Patrick N. Mirindi (World Health Organization), and  Suresh Chandra Babu (International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. and University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Discussant: Nkechi Owoo (University of Ghana)

3. Poverty Imputation in Contexts without Consumption Data,  A Revisit with Further Refinements

Hai-Anh H. Dang (World Bank), Talip Kilic (World Bank),  Gero Carletto (World Bank), and Kseniya Abanokova (World Bank)

Discussant: Giovanni Vecchi (University of Rome)

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM – Break

3:15 PM – 4:45 PM – Session 4: Measuring Policy Impacts on Poverty

Chair: Akuffo Amankwah (World Bank)

1. Measuring the Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers on Consumption and Poverty in Rwanda

Dominique Habimana (University of Rwanda and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations),  Jonathan Haughton (Suffolk University, United States), Joseph Nkurunziza (University of Rwanda), and Dominique Marie-Annick Haughton (Bentley University, United States)

Discussant: Monica Lambon-Quayefio (University of Ghana)

2. Pro-poor Poverty Reduction in Tanzania in the New Millennium?

Christian Oldiges (UN ESCWA) and Stephano Cosmas (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania) Proposal

Discussant: Dean Jolliffe (World Bank)

3. Reinforcing Capacity for Economic Statistics in Africa, Perspectives on Building Statistical Infrastructure for Business Statistics

Arthur Giesberts (World Bank) and Catherine Van Rompaey (World Bank)

Discussant: Donald Mmari (REPOA)

4:45 PM –6:00 PM Panel Session: Statistical Capacity Development in Africa: Old Debate, New Approach

Chair: Oliver Chinganya (Director, Africa Centre for Statistics, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA))

Presenter: Alberto Zezza (World Bank)

“The Partnership for Capacity Development on Household Surveys for Welfare Analysis: A New Approach to an Old Issue”


  1. Albina Chuwa (Statistician General, Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics)
  2.  Tumaini Katunzi (Rector, Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre (EASTC))
  3. Samuel Njuru (Senior Statistician, Eastern Africa Community Secretariat)
  4. Rob Swinkels (Senior Economist, Tanzanian Office, World Bank)
  5. Catherine van Rompaey (President, IARIW)
  6. Ritha Matee (Student, Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre (EASTC))

6:00-7:00 PM – Poster Session

1. Measuring Real Income Using Consumer Price Index (Empirical Evidence)

Gabriel Kulomba Simbila (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Leokadia Athanas Mtey (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Joycelin Mwendwa Rwehumbiza (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Hamimu Sadiki Kachume (Ministry of Finance and Planning, Tanzania), and Teddy Shija Sagamilwa (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania)

2.Modelling Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty in Rural Tanzania

Geofrey Mhagama Charles (Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre, Tanzania)

3. Revisiting the Informal Aspects of the Activity of Countries Studied through Social Accounting and Socio-Demographic Matrices, with an Application to Mozambique.

Susana Santos (UECE (Research Unit on Complexity and Economics). ISEG (School of Economics and Management) – Universidade de Lisboa), and Mónica Magaua (FACECO-UEM (Faculty of Economics at the University of Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique) and INE (Instituto Nacional de Estatística, Mozambique)

4. Inequality in the Income and Wealth Distribution: Nigerian Experience

Madu Baba (National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria)

5. Devising Social Protection Strategies for Namibia: Multi-dimensional Wealth, Jobs & Nutrition Index

Mousumi K. Bhattacharjee (Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences), and Sylvanus Ikhide (University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa)

6. Modelling of COVID-19 Impact on the Tanzanian Economy and Female Labour

Asiya Maskaeva (University of Dodoma), Margaret Chitiga (Partnership for Economic Policy and University of Pretoria), Martin Henseler (Partnership for Economic Policy and Le Havre Normandy University), Ramos Mabugu (Partnership for Economic Policy and Sol Plaatje University), and Helene Maisonnave (Partnership for Economic Policy and Le Havre Normandy University)

7. Multi-dimensional Skilling, Inequality & Pandemic Index: Conceptualization, and simulated scenarios for Africa

Mousumi K. Bhattacharjee (Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences)

8. Health, Poverty, and Well-Being

Mariamu Kinabo (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Nico Ombeni (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Khalid Msabaha (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Doto Alley (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Pelegia Byaboto (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), and Suzana Kulindwa (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania)

9.Vaccinate against COVID-19 or not? Source of Information and the influence of misinformation on the COVID-19 vaccine uptake hesitancy among frontline workers in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma, Tanzania

Juma James Masele (University of Dar es Salaam), and Elia Daud (University of Dodoma)

10. Does Gender Inequality Affect the Wealth and Income Distribution Among the Household Member?  Evidenced from Tanzania HIV Impact Survey (THIS2015/2016)

Boniface Simpoli Yohana (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Johnson Mshiu, and Joyce Msoka

7:00 PM – Reception

Saturday, November 12, 2022

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM  Session 5: Gender Issues in Economic Measurement

Chair: Catherine van Rompaey (World Bank)

1. Walking for Water and Fuelwood: Welfare Implications for Women and Children in Ghana

Monica Lambon-Quayefio (University of Ghana)

Discussant: Nishant Yonzan (World Bank)

2. Internalization of Patriarchal Attitudes and Women’s Labour Market Outcomes and Asset Ownership in Nigeria

Nkechi S. Owoo (University of Ghana)

Discussant: Gayatri Koolwal (World Bank)

3. Gender and Tax Incidence of Rural Land Use Fee and Agricultural Income Tax in Ethiopia

Alemayehu A. Ambel (World Bank), Hitomi Komatsu (World Bank), Gayatri Koolwal (World Bank), and Manex Bule Yonis (World Bank)

Discussant: Jonathan Haughton (Suffolk University)

10-00 AM – 10:30 AM Break

10:30AM – 12:00 PM Concurrent Session 6A: Agriculture

Chair: Helen Heslop (Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies)

1. Recall Bias Revisited: Measuring Farm Labor with Mixed-Mode Surveys and Multiple Imputation

Hai-Anh H. Dang (World Bank) and Gero Carletto (World Bank)

Discussant: Theresa Munzi (Luxembourg Income Study)

2. Agricultural Research Spending in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): How Important are Political Economy Considerations?

Abrams Mbu Enow Tagem (UNU-WIDER) and Kunal Sen (UNU-WIDER)

Discussant: Jörg Baten (University of Tuebingen, Germany)

3. Are High-Value Agri-food Supply Chains Participants Better Insulated from Shocks? Evidence from Senegal

Senakpon Fidele Ange Dedehouanou (University of Abomey Calavi, Benin)

Discussant: Alemayehu A. Ambel (World Bank)

10:30-12:00 Concurrent Session 6B: Natural Resources

Chair: Alberto Zezza (World Bank)

1. Trying to See the Forest for the Trees: Forest Cover and Economic Activity in Africa

Julia Wlodarczyk (University of Economics in Katowice, Poland), Martyna Bielen (University of Economics in Katowice, Poland), and Piotr Gibas (University of Economics in Katowice, Poland)

Discussant: Gero Carletto (World Bank)

2. Accounting for Environmental Resources in Tanzania: A Theoretical Review

Odass Selejio Bilame (University of Dodoma, Tanzania)

Discussant: Titus Mwisomba (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania)

3. Terms of Trade Inquiry for the Resource Rich Sub-Saharan African Countries

Surajit Deb (University of Delhi (Aryabhatta College), India)

Discussant: Amparo Palacios-Lopez (World Bank)

12:00 PM -1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM -1:45 PM Keynote Address

Chair: Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University, Canada)

“Measuring Key Drivers of Economic Transformation in Africa”

Samuel M. Wangwe (Chairman, Daima Associated Limited and Principal Research Associate, Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF))

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM Session 7: The Impact of COVID-19 in Africa I 

Chair: Donald Mmari (REPOA)

1. The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Inequality and Poverty

Nishant Yonzan (World Bank), Daniel Gerszon Mahler (World Bank), and Christoph Lakner (World Bank) –

Discussant: Jesse Lastunen (UNU-WIDER)

2. Poverty Projections and Profiling Using a SWIFT-COVID19 Package During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nobuo Yoshida (World Bank), Shinya Takamatsu (World Bank), Danielle Aron (World Bank), Kexin Zhang (World Bank), and Shivapragasm Shivakumaran (World Bank)

Discussant: Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University)

3. Poverty Projections and Profiling Based on Ethiopia’s High-Frequency Phone Surveys of Households Using a SWIFT-COVID-19 package

Christina Wieser (World Bank), Nobuo Yoshida (World Bank), Shinya Takamatsu (World Bank), Kexin Zhang (World Bank), and Danielle Aron (World Bank)

Discussant: Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University)

Break 3:15-3:45

3:45-5:15 Session 8: The Impact of COVID-19 in Africa II 

Chair: Andrew Sharpe (IARIW)

1. The Mitigating Role of Tax and Benefit Rescue Packages for Poverty and Inequality in Africa Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jesse Lastunen (UNU-WIDER, Finland), Pia Rattenhuber (UNU-WIDER, Finland), Kwabena Adu-Ababio (UNU-WIDER, Finland), Katrin Gasior (Southern African Social Policy Research Insights (SASPRI), United Kingdom and University of Essex, United Kingdom), H. Xavier Jara (University of Essex, United Kingdom), Maria Jouste (UNU-WIDER, Finland and University of Turku, Finland), David McLennan (Southern African Social Policy Research Insights (SASPRI), United Kingdom), Enrico Nichelatti (UNU-WIDER, Finland), Rodrigo C. Oliveira (UNU-WIDER, Finland), and Jukka Pirttilä (UNU-WIDER, Finland and University of Helsinki, Finland and VATT Institute for Economic Research, Finland)

Discussant: Theresa Munzi (Luxembourg Income Study)

2. Stronger Together? Income Shocks, Educational Investment, and Self-Help Groups in Tanzania

Francisco Mugizi (Mkwawa University College of Education, Tanzania)

Discussant: Nobuo Yoshida (World Bank)

3. COVID-19’s Effect on Income, Tanzania Perspective

Hellen Mtove (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Johnia Kakiziba (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Tumaini Kalindile (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Magreth Maganda (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), Elide Mwanri (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania), and John Mwanri (National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania)

Discussant: Cristina Wieser (World Bank)

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM Wrap-up Panel: Key Challenges in the Measurement of Growth in Income, Wealth and Well-being in Africa

Chair: Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University, Canada)


1. Donald Mmari (REPOA)

2. Dean Jolliffe (World Bank)

3. Samuel Wangwe (Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) and Daima Associates)

6:00 PM  Reception

7:00 PM  Farewell Dinner

Sunday, November 13, 2022 

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM All-Day Excursion to the Ngorongoro Crater

More information on the Ngorongoro Crater can be found here.