OPHI Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis 2014 – Oxford, UK

Organised by OPHI and hosted at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 11-23 August

The purpose of this intensive summer school was to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. Participants revised axiomatic poverty measures, and learnt about different techniques of multidimensional poverty measurement and which problems they are best suited to solve. The empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty was presented as well as the conceptual motivation, which drew on Amartya Sen’s capability approach. 

The following topics were covered:

  • Axiomatic approaches to unidimensional and multidimensional poverty;
  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty – dashboard, stochastic dominance, information theory, fuzzy set, multiple correspondence analysis, unmet basic needs and counting approaches – and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Selection of parameters – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
  • Disparity among the poor and across groups;
  • Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty; and
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.

The summer school was completed by some 64 participants, coming from 34 countries. Thirty-one participants were women. OPHI instructors included Sabina Alkire, Mauricio Apablaza, Mihika Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, John Hammock, Bouba Housseini, Gisela Robles, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz.

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OPHI Summer School Materials 2014

Key resources

Pre-Summer School Readings

Presentations and exercises

Day 1 Video PDF
Why Multidimensional (MD) Poverty Measures? (Sabina Alkire) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Unidimensional Poverty Measurement (Suman Seth) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Properties of Multidimensional Poverty (Suman Seth) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 2 Video PDF
Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Methodologies (Sabina Alkire) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Case Studies: International MPI and Databank (Adriana Conconi, Ana Vaz and Mihika Chatterjee) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Alkire-Foster (AF) Methodology (Ana Vaz) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Exercises on AF Methodology pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 3 Video PDF
Solving exercises on AF Methodology (Mihika Chatterjee) pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Introduction to the Capability Approach (Sabina Alkire) pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Normative issues in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement (Sabina Alkire) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Case Studies: National MD Poverty Measures (Ana Vaz, Adriana Conconi, Gisela Robles and Mihika Chatterjee) – for material covered in this presentation see the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network website and videos from the Network’s launch events. See also materials on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index. Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 4 Video PDF
Working in groups: Normative Issues pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Data Issues in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement (Adriana Conconi and Ana Vaz) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
STATA Lab and Descriptive Statistics (Adriana Conconi, Ana Vaz and Mihika Chatterjee) – download basic STATA commands and sample do-file pdf-icon-transparent-background2pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 5 Video PDF
Associations across Deprivations (Sabina Alkire and Ana Vaz) pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Working in groups: Creating the Deprivation Matrix (Mauricio Apablaza) – example with the sample dataset pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 7 Video PDF
Population Subgroup Decomposition and Dimensional Breakdown (Suman Seth) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 8 Video PDF
Robustness Analysis & Statistical Inference (Suman Seth and Bouba Housseini) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Multidimensional Poverty Dynamics with Time Series and Panel Data (Sabina Alkire and Ana Vaz) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Interpreting the MPI Results (Mauricio Apablaza) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 9 Video PDF
Inequality among the Poor (Suman Seth) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Regression Analysis (Bouba Housseini and Sabina Alkire) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Policy and Communication (Paddy Coulter and John Hammock) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 10  Video PDF 
Targeting and Impact Evaluation (Sabina Alkire and Ana Vaz) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Institutions and Policy (John Hammock and Mauricio Apablaza) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Review of the Course (Sabina Alkire) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2