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What is the DASP
Created in 1985, the Stata software – a general-purpose statistical software package - has become a very popular tool to transform and process data. It comes with a large number of basic data management modules that are highly efficient for transformation of large datasets.
In 2006, in the context of their work and mission as resource persons for the PEP network – i.e. supporting and training developing country researchers in the conduct of high-quality research around poverty and development issues in their home countries – a team of PEP-affiliated experts (see below) set out to produce a comprehensive package of Stata modules to help analyze the distribution of living standards. In 2007, they published the initial version of the Distributive Analysis Stata Package (DASP) software tool. DASP was mainly designed to assist researchers and policy analysts interested in conducting distributive analysis with Stata.
As hoped, this tool has not only proven to be greatly useful for ensuring both better analysis of welfare distribution and better-informed policy interventions, but has become a highly-valued and widely acknowledged tool amongst the international development research community
Most recent update - DASP 2.3
An updated version of DASP 2.3 was published in May 2013 - find it here
This updated version contains many new applications to help in the analysis of multidimensional poverty. Most importantly, eight popular multidimensional poverty indices were included; among them, the Alkire and Foster (2007) index. Up to 10 dimensions of well-being can be used. Furthermore, for the Alkire and Foster (2007) index, a set of user-friendly applications were added to decompose the index by population groups and by dimensions. The decomposition can be performed using the analytical or the Shapley approach. Also, the added module “imoda” (designed for MODA - Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis – a methodological approach to child poverty adopted by UNICEF) facilitates the analysis of similarities and dissimilarities across the different dimensions of well-being.
Below is the number of official downloads registered for the DASP software since 2007, and the team of PEP-affiliated experts who created it.