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Grootaert, Christiaan 1950-

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Works: 108 works in 477 publications in 4 languages and 7,697 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Surveys 
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Most widely held works by Christiaan Grootaert
The role of social capital in development : an empirical assessment( Book )

35 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years the role of social capital - defined as the institutions and networks of relationships between people, and the associated norms and values - in programs of poverty alleviation and development has risen to considerable prominence. Although development practitioners have long suspected that social capital does affect the efficiency and quality of most development processes, this book is the first to provide the rigorous empirical results needed to confirm that impression and translate it into effective and informed policymaking. It is based on a large volume of newly collected data, relying equally on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to establish new approaches for measuring social capital and its impact. The book documents the pervasive role of social capital in accelerating poverty alleviation and rural development, facilitating the provision of goods and services, and easing political transition and recovery from civil conflicts
Poverty and social assistance in transition countries by Jeanine Braithwaite( Book )

24 editions published between 1957 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This study examines poverty and social assistance in six countries - Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Russia, and Kyrgyz Republic - comparing the poverty profiles and the correlates of poverty between the two regions. The study finds that the profile of poverty is more sharply defined in Eastern Europe than in the former Soviet Union, where poverty is more widespread. This holds the potential for better targeting of social assistance in Eastern Europe, and the study proposes a novel two-step approach to identify the poor."--Jacket
The policy analysis of child labor : a comparative study( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding and measuring social capital : a multidisciplinary tool for practitioners( Book )

18 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work details various methods of gauging social capital and provides illustrative case studies from Mali and India. It also offers a measuring instrument, the Social Capital Assessment Tool, that combines quantitative and qualitative approaches
The relation between final demand and income distribution, with application to Japan by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

13 editions published in 1983 in English and German and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Measuring social capital : an integrated questionnaire( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Measuring Social Capital: An Integrated Questionnaire is part of the World Bank Working Paper series. These papers are published to communicate the results of the Bank's ongoing research and to stimulate public discussion." "The idea of social capital has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence in both the theoretical and the applied social science literature over the last decade. Though lively debate has accompanied that journey, thereby helping to advance our thinking and to clarify areas of agreement and disagreement, much still remains to be done. One approach that we hope can help bring further advances for both scholars and practitioners is the provision of a set of empirical tools for measuring social capital." "The purpose of this paper is to introduce such a tool with a focus on applications in developing countries. The tool aims to generate quantitative data on various dimensions of social capital as part of a larger household survey (such as the Living Standards Measurement Survey or a household income/expenditure survey). The paper also provides detailed guidance for the use and analysis of the data. We hope that better empirical information on social capital will lead to greater dialogue between researchers, policymakers, task managers, and poor people themselves - thus ultimately leading to the design and implementation of more effective poverty reduction strategies."--BOOK JACKET
Hungary : poverty and social transfers by World Bank( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding the social effects of policy reform by Lionel Demery( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzing poverty and policy reform : the experience of Côte d'Ivoire by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Measuring and analyzing levels of living in developing countries : an annotated questionnaire by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper contains the household and community questionnaires used in the Ivory Coast living standards survey. This survey is the first field operation of the Living Standards Measurement Study. The annotation to the household questionnaire describes the process by which the questionnaire was drafted, the main choices and trade-offs that underlie its content, and its main technical features. The outline and analytical purpose of each section of the questionnaire is discussed
Household expenditure surveys : some methodological issues by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Policy-oriented analysis of poverty and the social dimensions of structural adjustment : a methodology and proposed application to Côte d'Ivoire, 1985-88 by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and French and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social dimensions of adjustment priority survey : an instrument for the rapid identification and monitoring of policy target groups by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The demand for urban housing in the Ivory Coast by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

8 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The role of employment and earnings in analyzing levels of living : a general methodology with applications to Malaysia and Thailand by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper is intended as a manual for the use of employment and earnings data (as collected in the Living Standards Surverys) in the context of policy analysis of levels of living. The target audience is the staff of statistical offices and user agencies in developing countries who have been charged with providing a first analysis of newly collected data. The analysis proposed in the manual takes into account the limitations of analytic and computing capabilities that typically exist in many countries. In the first part of the manual a set of tables and graphs are suggested, fewer in number than those found in a typical labor force survey report, but which are deemed to bring out better the main facts about employment and earnings, and are directly relevant for selected policy issues. The second part of this study follows up with multivariate analysis of labor force participation and earnings. Relevant econometric issues are explicitly discussed
Social capital, household welfare and poverty in Indonesia by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

13 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It pays for poor households to participate actively in local associations. At low incomes, the returns to social capital are higher than returns to human capital. At higher incomes, the reverse is true
The conceptual basis of measures of household welfare and their implied survey data requirements by Christiaan Grootaert( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and German and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper surveys three alternative approaches to the measurement and analysis of welfare, reflective of the thinking that has been ongoing in the Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study. The first approach advocates the derivation of true indexes of welfare from the preference paramaters estimated in an integrated model of household expenditures deflated by a price index and an adult equivalence scale as a measure of welfare. The third approach consists of the calculation of full income for households. These last two approaces are in a sense shortcut versions of the first, requiring less data. The choice of approach must be based on careful investigation of the trade-off between conceptual rigor and practical constraints on data collection and use. Welfare is a multidimensional concept; attention is given to short-term stochastic variations, asset accumulation, and vulnerability of the household. The paper also discusses the multipurpose household survey needed to gather data and some principles about data presentation
Poverty and social transfers in Hungary by Christiaan Grootaert( )

13 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

May 1997 Hungary's social safety net could be improved to better target benefits to the poor. Among the possibilities for reform: abolish the child care allowance and fee, institute new child care benefits, and improve means testing for social assistance. Grootaert's study addresses the question of how well Hungary's system of cash social transfers helps prevent or alleviate poverty - and whether different types of social transfer, or changes in eligibility rules, might better alleviate poverty. The social safety net in Hungary and other transition economies has undergone important changes. The conventional benchmark for measuring poverty in Hungary - the subsistence minimum - has lost much of its relevance because of the transition to a market economy. Grootaert proposes two other benchmarks: the minimum pension (an absolute poverty line) and a relative poverty line set at two-thirds of mean household spending. How well targeted to the poor are Hungary's social transfers? The study distinguishes between six components of the social safety net: pensions, unemployment benefits, family allowance, child care allowance, social assistance, and child care fee. Grootaert finds that unemployment benefits and social assistance are well-targeted to the poor. The child care allowance is a progressive social transfer; the child care fee is strongly regressive. Roughly 91 percent of Hungarian households receive one or more transfers. Hungary's social safety net represents 54 percent of spending in an average household, and provides 38 percent of its income. In its entirety, the social safety net is progressive, but that progressivity does not come cheaply. The average transfer is eight times the minimum that would be needed under perfect targeting. In other words, there is significant room for reallocating funds for improved welfare of the poor. Among possibilities for reform: abolish the child care allowance and fee, institute new child care benefits, and improve means testing for social assistance. Data used are from the 1993 Household Budget Survey and the 1992-94 Household Panel Surveys. This paper - a product of the Social Policy Division, Environment Department - was written as a background paper for the Hungary Poverty Assessment
Child labor a review by Christiaan Grootaert( )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4. The welfare economics of child labor
Poverty and social transfers in Poland by Christiaan Grootaert( )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

March 1995 How well did Poland's system of social transfers help alleviate poverty in 1993, and what changes in the allocation of social transfer funds would improve the distribution of income? Since January 1990, Poland's social safety net has changed greatly. Unemployment benefits were introduced, for example, because of escalating unemployment (about 15 percent of the labor force at the end of 1993). The cost of the social safety net has risen sharply since the transition began, both absolutely and as a fraction of GDP. In 1993, social transfers accounted for 18.7 percent of GDP, as follows: (1) pensions=14.9 percent, (2) unemployment benefits=1.9 percent, (3) family allowance and other social insurance=1.4 percent, and (4) social assistance=0.5 percent. To investigate the present system's impact on income distribution, Grootaert uses the household budget survey data for January-June 1993, the first complete survey of the Polish population. The conventional benchmark for measuring poverty in Poland, the social minimum, has become largely irrelevant, as 55 percent of the people fall below that spending level. Using two other measures, Grootaert finds that in 1993 26.3 percent of the population had an expenditure level (per adult equivalent) below the minimum wage, and 14.4 percent were spending at a level below the minimum pension. He discusses four proposals for improving the ability of social transfers (other than pensions) to reduce poverty. These proposals are either budget-neutral or imply only modest increases in the total amount of transfers: * Income-testing the family allowance and doubling the amount for large households. This would reduce poverty from 14.4 to 13.2 percent -- and, among large households, from 43 to 28 percent. * Reducing eligibility for the family allowance from 20 to 18 years and taxing the allowance; providing income-tested daycare vouchers for young children. This would make the family allowance more progressive. Reducing eligibility and taxing the allowance would raise poverty about 1 percentage point, which would be largely offset by the daycare vouchers. * Improving income testing for social assistance. More than half of current beneficiaries are not poor. A 20 percent improvement in targeting would reduce poverty by about 0.3 percentage points. * Extending eligibility for unemployment benefits for low-skilled unemployed members of the labor force in large households. This would increase benefits by about 7 percent, but reduce poverty about 0.4 percentage points -- benefiting especially the poorest part of the population. This paper -- a product of the Country Operations Division, Europe and Central Asia, Country Department II -- is part of a larger effort in the department to undertake poverty assessments in the region. The author may be contacted at cgrootaert@worldbank.org
 
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The role of social capital in development : an empirical assessment
Alternative Names
Grootaert, Christiaan

Grootaert, Christiaan N.

Grootaert, Christiaan N. 1950-

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Poverty and social assistance in transition countriesThe policy analysis of child labor : a comparative studyUnderstanding and measuring social capital : a multidisciplinary tool for practitionersMeasuring social capital : an integrated questionnaire