Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2015

Do Mobile Phone Surveys Work in Poor Countries?

Ben Leo, Robert Morello, Jonathan Mellon, Tiago Peixoto, Stephen Davenport

April 2015

Center for Global Development


In this project, we analyzed whether mobile phone-based surveys are a feasible and cost-effective approach for gathering statistically representative information in four low-income countries (Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe).