Book co-authored by Foster and Seth enters World Bank top 50 downloads

A book co-authored by OPHI Research Associate Professor James Foster and Research Officer Suman Seth and published on 10 May has already become one of the top 50 most downloaded World Bank books of all time.

Foster, who is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and OPHI’s Seth co-wrote ‘A Unified Approach to Measuring Poverty and Inequality: Theory and Practice’ with the World Bank’s Michael Lokshin and Zurab Sajaia.

Despite having been available for less than two months, by 1 July the book had reached number 47 on the list of the World Bank’s most downloaded books.

Part of the World Bank training series, ‘A Unified Approach’ is an introduction to the theory and practice of measuring poverty and inequality. It’s also a user’s guide for analyzing income or consumption distribution for any standard household dataset using the World Bank’s ADePT software, which was created by the poverty team of the World Bank’s Development Research Group, Development Economics.

The book was launched in Oxford by Foster and Seth on 19 June 2013, at an event chaired by Sudhir Anand, Professor of Economics at Oxford University. You can see the presentation given by Professor Foster and Dr Seth here. The book can be downloaded free as a PDF here.