Joachim De Weerdt is an economist living and working in the Kagera region of Tanzania. He started off there while doing field work for his PhD 1999-2001. At the time he was studying social networks and informal insurance in small, rural African communities. After completing his PhD he returned to Kagera to set up EDI. Joachim and business partner, Louise Broadbent, set up a two-person office at a friend's house in Bukoba. Now, Joachim parks his motorbikes in the dusty old office and EDI has become Tanzania's number one survey house, employing over 70 members of staff.

As Research Director, Joachim established EDI's survey arm, the preferred partner for organisations that are serious about the quality of their survey work in Tanzania. EDI's ground troops have conducted interviews with well over 100,000 households on dozens of different survey assignments. The foundation of all this work is the premise that poverty research should adhere to rigorous academic standards if it is to lead to policies that effectively combat poverty. EDI strives to deliver work that is of sufficient standard to be published in top peer-reviewed academic journals.

In 2007 EDI embraced electronic surveys and has never looked back at paper-based surveys since. As a spin-off from this work - and filling in an obvious gap in the market - surveybe was created. Surveybe is an electronic survey toolkit that allows users to design complex surveys in a user-friendly manner.

 

PAPERS BY JOACHIM:

Published Work:

TITLE
CO-AUTHORS

JOURNAL OR VOLUME
(impact factor if bio-medical journal)

YEAR

What Does Variation in Household Survey Methods Reveal About the Nature of Measurement Errors in Consumption Estimates?

download working paper

John Gibson

Kathleen Beegle

Jed Friedman

Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Forthcoming

Also Policy Research Working Paper Series, WPS6372, World Bank

2013

Urbanization and Poverty Reduction –
The Role of Rural Diversification and Secondary Towns

download pdf

Luc Christiaensen
Yasuyuki Todo

Agricultural Economics
Vol. 44: 447-459

2013
Improving Consumption Measurement and other Survey Data through CAPI: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

download pdf

journal version

Bet Caeyers
Neil Chalmers
Journal of Development Economics
Vol. 98: 19–33
2012
Methods of Household Consumption Measurement through Surveys:
Experimental Results from Tanzania

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journal version


Kathleen Beegle
Jed Friedman
John Gibson

Journal of Development Economics
Vol. 98: 3-18

Also Policy Research Working Paper Series, WPS5501, World Bank

2012

Migration and Economic Mobility in Tanzania: Evidence from a Tracking Survey

download pdf

See also:

People Move Blog

Rural21 popularising article

Kathleen Beegle

Stefan Dercon

Review of Economics and Statistics

Vol. 93(3): 1010–1033

2011
Social Identity and the Formation of Health Insurance Networks

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Marcel Fafchamps

Journal of Development Studies
Vol. 47(8): 1152–1177

2011

Patterns of Migration in Tanzania

read book at google books

read book at issuu

Kathleen Beegle
Stefan Dercon
The World Bank
Chapter 2 in Jennica Larrison, Edmundo Murrugarra and Marcin Sasin (eds) "Migration and Poverty: Towards Better Migration Opportunities For the Poor", pages 13-34
2011
Orphanhood and Human Capital Destruction: Is there Persistence into Adulthood?

download pdf

Journal version

See also: article in The Guardian

Kathleen Beegle

Stefan Dercon

Demography

Vol. 47(1): 163-180

2010
Moving out of Poverty in Tanzania: Evidence from Kagera

download pdf

download journal article

global study website

See also: ID21 summary

none Journal of Development Studies
Vol. 46(2): 331-349
2010
The Intergenerational Impact of the African Orphans Crisis: A Cohort Study from an HIV/AIDS Affected Area
download pdf

Kathleen Beegle

Stefan Dercon

International Journal of Epidemiology (impact factor = 6.41)

Vol. 38(2):561-568

2009
Methodological Issues in the Study of the Socioeconomic Consequences of HIV/AIDS
download pdf
Kathleen Beegle

AIDS (impact factor = 6.25)

Vol. 22, Suppl 1: S89-94

2008

Adult Mortality and Economic Growth in the Age of HIV/AIDS

download pdf

Kathleen Beegle

Stefan Dercon

Economic Development and Cultural Change

Vol. 56, No. 2: 299-326

2008

Field Notes on Administering Shock Modules

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none

Journal of International Development

Vol. 20: 398-402

2008
Membership-based Indigenous Insurance Associations

download pdf

Stefan Dercon

Tessa Bold

Alula Pankhurst

Routledge
Chapter 9 in Martha Chen, Renana Jhabvala, Ravi Kanbur, Carol Richards (eds.), “Membership Based Organisations of the Poor”, pages 157-176.

Download Brief Volume Overview

View/buy book at routledge
2007

Risk-sharing Networks and Insurance Against Illness

download pdf

on-line at science direct

Stefan Dercon

Journal of Development Economics

Vol. 81, No. 2: 337-356

2006

Orphanhood and the Long-run Impact on Children

download pdf

Kathleen Beegle

Stefan Dercon

American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Vol. 88, No. 5: 1266-1277

2006
Group-based Funeral Insurance in Ethiopia and Tanzania

download pdf

Stefan Dercon

Tessa Bold

Alula Pankhurst

World Development

Vol. 34, No. 4: 685-703

2006

Risk-sharing and Endogenous Network Formation
download

none

Oxford University Press
chapter 10 in Dercon, S. (ed.) “Insurance Against Poverty”, pp: 197-216.

The same article appeared originally in 2002 as a WIDER working paper - download.

2004

Commissioned Work:

TITLE CO-AUTHORS Organisation/Series YEAR

Mobility Pays
download pdf

none

Rural 21

2011
Measuring Risk Perceptions: why and how

download pdf

none

World Bank

Social Protection Discussion Papers Series

No. 0533

2005
Extending Insurance? Funeral Associations in Ethiopia and Tanzania

Stefan Dercon

Tessa Bold

Alula Pankhurst

OECD Development Centre Working Paper Series

No. 240

2004

CWIQ reports

(for dozens of Tanzanian districts - for a complete list of reports click here)

various
Tanzania's Prime Minister's Office - Regional Administration and Local Goverance, Netherlands Embassy and SNV
ongoing

Adoption of Superior Banana Varieties in the Kagera Region: accomplishments and constraints

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none

Belgian Government (BTC)

2003
Community Organisations in Rural Tanzania: a Case Study of the Community of Nyakatoke

download pdf

none University of Leuven & EDI 2002
Poverty in Tanzania none

Belgian Government

Policy Preparatory Report, BVO/97.2, DGIS

1997

Currently working on :

TITLE CO-AUTHORS Institution

Risk Sharing and Internal Migration

Latest version

Previous version: World Bank Policy Research Working Paper WPS6429

Kalle Hirvonen

University of Sussex

The Challenge of Measuring Hunger

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper WPS6736

 

See also blogposts at VoxEU and Development Impact

Kathleen Beegle

John Gibson

Jed Friedman

World Bank and University of Waikato
Paying More for Less: Why Don't Households in Tanzania Take Advantage of Bulk Discounts?

Brian Dillon

Ted O'Donoghue

Cornell and Harvard
Asymmetry of Information and Transfers within Extended Family Networks.

Garance Genicot

Alice Mesnard

Georgetown and City University L ondon

Insurance and re-insurance markets in rural Tanzania

Toan Quy-Toan

Markus Goldstein
The World Bank

Disentangling Networks: Defining and Analysing Cohesive Subgroups

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Dirk Van de gaer

University of Ghent