Alkire Foster method used to analyse European poverty data

New data on deprivation in Europe has been analysed using the Alkire Foster method for measuring multidimensional poverty in a working paper published by the UGD Geary Institute in Dublin, Ireland.

‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement in Europe: An Application of the Adjusted Headcount Approach’, by Christopher T. Whelan, Brian Nolan and Bernard Maître, analyses newly available harmonised microdata on deprivation for the European Union.

The analysis presents an account of cross-national and socio-economic variation in risk levels that is in line with theoretical expectations, and uses multilevel analysis of multidimensional poverty to assess the role of macro and micro characteristics and their interaction in relation to levels and patterns of multidimensional poverty and social exclusion.

The data analysed by the authors come from the 2009 round of European Union Statistics on Income and Living Standards (EU-SILC), the EU’s data-gathering process aimed at producing regular standardised data on poverty and social inclusion, which in that year included a special module on material deprivation.