OPHI researcher Paola Ballon gave a lecture on multidimensional poverty measures at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima on 31 October 2013. The lecture explored the benefits of the approach, and compared it with more traditional monetary poverty measures.
Ballon began by outlining the motivations for using multidimensional measurement techniques and discussed some of the issues surrounding the normative decisions made when constructing multidimensional indices. She then drew upon examples from research literature to highlight the mismatches in poverty identification found when comparing a multidimensional approach and a monetary approach to poverty measurement.
The lecture also highlighted the importance of understanding the value added by a multidimensional approach from a policy angle, as the international community focuses on the post-2015 agenda.
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