A survey of select rural markets in Rwanda captured monthly data on price and availability of a basket of 68 goods. Data was captured every month from January 2017 to November 2020 for 130 markets; 18 additional markets have data from 2017 and 2018 only. The markets are not a random sample and were selected based on their proximity to roads scheduled for rehabilitation by the Government of Rwanda. Markets are spread across 21 districts in Rwanda, covering all 4 provinces.
This is a panel dataset of monthly price data from a selected sample of rural markets in Rwanda, with data points starting in January 2017 and ending in November 2020.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Product (one observation per product per month per market).
Price data for a basket of 69 products, from 148 rural markets across 21 districts in Rwanda. Data starts in January 2017 and goes through November 2020. This dataset contains only availability and average price of each product per market per month. The additional indicators captured in the questionnaire are embargoed at this time but will be released in the future.
The dataset includes markets in 21 districts of Rwanda, covering all 4 provinces.
Producers and sponsors
Maria Ruth Jones
Impact Evaluation for Development Impact (i2i) Trust Fund
Markets were purposively sampled, based on proximity to roads prioritized for rehabilitation by the Government of Rwanda.
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Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Personal Interview [capi]
Regular field supervision was provided by the organization responsible for data collection, Innovations for Poverty Action - Rwanda. Supervision included regular unannounced field visits and refresher trainings of all enumerators every other month. Research team staff conducted random spot checks of field work.
Data Collection Notes
Data was collected through in-person interviews (enumerators recorded data on tablets) from January 2017 through March 2020. Due to the global pandemic, fieldwork halted in March 2020 and data collection switched to phone-based surveys using the same enumeration team and a comparable survey instrument.
Innovations for Poverty Action - Rwanda
IPA - Rwanda
2-3 price points were taken per product at each market per month. In order to deal with outliers, prices were logged and averaged to get mean monthly prices, then exponentiated to be interpretable. Where a product was not available, there is no price data. However, there are cases where a product was available but price data was not available. Indicators other than availability and price are embargoed and not included in the dataset at this time.
Maria Ruth Jones
DIME, World Bank
Licensed Data. Access must be requested from the lead researchers.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
The World Bank. Rwanda Rural Market Price Survey (RMPS) 2017-2020. Ref: RWA_2017-2020_RMPS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [uri] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
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