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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 Learning about wealth : an example from Zimbabwe

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 Learning about wealth : an example from Zimbabwe Ian Scoones Introduction Wealth ranking Discovering the patterns of wealth distribution Wealth ranking is a technique that can be used and investigating the dynamics of rural for gaining rapid insight from a local perspective differentiation are notoriously difficult. Many into factors affecting differentiation. It combines social surveys have attempted this involving in-depth discussion of wealth with a ranking laborious longitudinal studies of household exercise that allows the participating group of income and expenditure patterns. Rarely do such local people to assess the relative wealth of studies investigate rural inequality from the households in a preselected list. The technique farmers' perspective. It is increasingly realised has a number of potential applications: that, in order to gain insight relevant for development, a study must be geared towards · The stratification of a sample according to understanding local patterns using the wealth criteria for further focused appraisals frameworks of understanding used by farmers on particular sub-sectors of the population; themselves. The methods used by the extended · The generation of questions for further social survey are expensive in time and person research into rural differentiation; and, power for ...

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