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Seminar Series 2020 – Archive

Michaelmas Term 2020

The following seminars will be given at 1pm on Fridays and will take place online. Details and registration on talks.ox.ac.uk
Convenors: Dr Ricardo Nogales, Dr Hector Moreno

Prof Sabina Alkire, OPHI
Dr Usha Kanagaratnam, OPHI
16 Oct: ‘A journey of acute poverty: the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)’
Download the Powerpoint presentation ‘A journey of acute poverty’
Download the video from this page or watch it at OPHI YouTube

Dr Ebelechukwu Maduekwe, Technical University of Munich
23 Oct: ‘Measuring human recognition for women in Malawi using the Alkire-Foster method of multidimensional poverty counting’
Download the video from this page or watch it at OPHI YouTube

Dr Mónica Pinilla-Roncancio, Universidad de Los Andes and OPHI
Dr Paul Rodriguez, Universidad del Rosario
30 Oct: ‘Catastrophic payments and multidimensional poverty: A longitudinal analysis’
Download the video from this page or watch it at OPHI YouTube

Mr Richard Freund, Young Lives
6 Nov: ‘Construction of an internationally comparable Child Multidimensional Poverty Index’
Download the video from this page or watch it at OPHI YouTube

Dr María Emma Santos, Universidad Nacional del Sur, CONICET and OPHI
13 Nov: ‘Poor households or poor individuals? The issue of the unit of identification when designing an MPI’
(There is no video of this seminar)

Dr Frank Vollmer, OPHI
Dr Piero Conforti, FAO
Dr José A. Rosero Moncayo, WB
20 Nov: ‘Measuring rural poverty with a multidimensional approach: conceptual framework and empirical results’
Download the video from this page or watch it at OPHI YouTube

Dr Gastón Yalonetzky, University of Leeds and OPHI
27 Nov: ‘Endogenous weights and multidimensional poverty: A cautionary tale’
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Prof Sabina Alkire, OPHI
Miss Fanni Kovesdi, OPHI
4 Dec: ‘A bird’s eye view of well-being: Exploring a multidimensional measure for the UK’
Download the video from this page or watch it at OPHI YouTube

Hilary Term 2020

1pm–2pm, Seminar Room 2
All welcome.

24 January: Dr Benoît Decerf, University of Namur
Too young to die: Deprivation measures combining poverty and premature mortality

07 February: Ms Putu Natih, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
Building a composite Multidimensional Poverty Index using Delphi dimensions, indicators and weights

14 February: Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch, London School of Economics and Dr Mauricio Apablaza, Universidad del Desarrollo
The quality of employment (QoE) in nine Latin American countries: A multidimensional perspective

21 February: Professor James Foster, George Washington University
Unidimensional underpinnings of multidimensional counting measures

28 February: Dr Hector Moreno, OPHI
On synthetic income panels

06 March: Dr Laurence Roope, Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford
Identifying inequality benchmark incomes

13 March: Dr Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Queen Mary University of London
Robust non-parametric estimation of inequality measures with contaminated data

2017 – Summer School

Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, was held at Sup de Co Marrakech, in Marrakesh, Morocco, 3-15 July 2017.

The purpose of this intensive summer school was to provide a thorough technical and practical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method. Upon completing the course, students gained the skills required to construct and analyse an official national multidimensional poverty measure and to describe its policy relevance. Drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach and empirical examples of national and global Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs), the conceptual and empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty was presented, as well as the full suite of measurement tools including estimation, dimensional breakdown, disaggregation by population subgroup, standard errors and statistical inference, robustness, communications, policy applications and so on.

The following topics were covered:

  • Unidimensional poverty measures;
  • 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;
  • Measurement design – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Estimation of multidimensional poverty and interpretation of the results;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty changes over time;
  • Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty and impact evaluation;
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.

This summer school was co-organised in partnership with the Morocco High Commission for Planning (HCP) as part of pre-conference activities of the ISI World Statistics Congress 2017 held in Marrakech (Morocco) from 16 to 21 July 2017. The summer school applicants were highly encouraged to also apply and participate in the congress. Further information can be found on the conference website.

The summer school was led by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and the OPHI team including Adriana Conconi, James Foster, John Hammock, Bouba Housseini, Christoph Jindra, Usha Kanagaratnam, Bilal Malaeb, Christian Oldiges, Monica Pinilla, Gisela Robles Aguilar and Nicolai Suppa.

Course Format:

The summer school consisted of 10.5 days of instruction and working group sessions, taught in English (there is potential but not confirmed translation into French). Each participant needed to bring a laptop with Stata to do the problem sets. Throughout the summer school, participants were actively involved in discussions and working through problem sets, and were invited to present their research work and share their experiences.

Dates and Location:

The course ran from Monday 3 July 2017 to Friday 14 July 2017 with a final exam on Saturday 15 July 2017 (non-compulsory).  The summer school was held at Sup de Co Marrakech, in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Costs:

  • $850 USD for all students, and for academic researchers based in developing countries;
  • $2000 USD for professionals based in developing countries; and
  • $4000 USD for professionals based in developed countries.

Course Application Information

AudienceThe summer school is addressed to those who are working on, or actively interested in gaining skills in, multidimensional poverty measurement, particularly professional staff of national offices of statistics and in government ministries that deal with poverty reduction, professionals from international development institutions, academics, and postgraduate students. Applicants who are currently pursuing work on measurement are also welcome. Other applicants having a demonstrated research interest in empirical analysis in these topics will be considered on the basis of their experience and space availability.
Pre-requisites·A demonstrable knowledge of Stata is an essential pre-requisite for attending the course. Every attendant to the summer school will need to have Stata 10 or higher installed in his/her laptop. The software will not be provided by the summer school.·A strong knowledge in quantitative methods (e.g. econometrics, statistics, etc.) and a strong interest in poverty measurement and analysis are highly desirable.
Financial SupportLimited financial support is available. Competition for financial support will be very strong; however, well qualified and committed applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants are also highly encouraged to seek support from their local governments and institutions. We would be happy to provide support letters for these funding applications to accepted candidates.
Application FormThe application deadline for the 2017 Summer School has passed. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  
Questions?Please write to Rachel Pearson, ophi-summerschool@qeh.ox.ac.uk

2018 Summer School

Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, was held at Oxford Department of International Development, in Oxford, England, 16-27 July 2018.

The purpose of this intensive Summer School was to provide a thorough technical and practical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method. After completing the course, students obtained the skills required to construct and analyse an official national multidimensional poverty measure and to describe its policy relevance. Drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach and empirical examples of National and Global Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs), the conceptual and empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty were  presented, as well as the full suite of measurement tools including estimation, dimensional breakdown, disaggregation by population subgroup, standard errors and statistical inference, robustness, communications, policy applications, and so on.

The following topics were covered:

  • Unidimensional poverty measures;
  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire-Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Measurement design – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Estimation of multidimensional poverty and interpretation of the results;
  • Subgroup decomposition, dimensional break-down and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty changes over time;
  • Interpretation and analysis of multidimensional poverty, including impact evaluation;
  • Institutions, policies and communication.

The summer school was led by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and the OPHI team, including Fedora Carbajal, Mihika Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, James Foster, Usha Kanagaratnam, Rebeca Kritsch, Bilal Malaeb, Corinne Mitchell, Juliana Milovich, Ricardo Nogales, Christian Oldiges, Monica Pinilla, Nicolai Suppa and Ana Vaz.

2019 – Summer School

27 August 2019 – The 2019 cohort of the OPHI Summer School has completed an intensive two-week training in multidimensional poverty measurement.

The OPHI Summer School is an annual course led by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and the OPHI team that provides a thorough technical and practical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method.

Held in different countries each year, the 2019 Summer School was hosted by CONEVAL at their headquarters in Mexico City. As the first country to develop an official national measure of multidimensional poverty based on the Alkire-Foster method, CONEVAL was a motivating setting for nearly 60 participants representing 23 countries from around the world to come together to develop their skills and gain inspiration. Attendees represented a cross section of the development sector, ranging from professional staff from national offices of statistics and government ministries to researchers and students from academia and international agencies.

During the course, special speakers included: Executive Secretary of CONEVAL, Dr José Nabor Cruz Marcelo; Professor James Foster, the Oliver T Carr Jr Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University; and Luis Felipe López-Calva, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Latin American and the Caribbean.

Taking participants through Amartya Sen’s capability approach and empirical examples of national and global multidimensional poverty indices were the OPHI team, which included OPHI Director Sabina Alkire, Adriana Conconi, Usha Kanagaratnam, Corinne Mitchell, Ricardo Nogales, Christian Oldiges, Monica Pinilla-Roncancio, and Frank Vollmer. The OPHI team also covered the conceptual and empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty, as well as estimation, dimensional breakdown, disaggregation by population subgroup, standard errors and statistical inference, robustness, communications and policy applications. Supporting the course were Freya Paulucci-Couldrick, Émeline Marcelin and Johanna Andrango.

Following presentations and an exam, participants demonstrated that they had developed the skills required to construct and analyse a multidimensional poverty measure using the Alkire-Foster method, and to describe its policy relevance.

For those interested in applying next year, details will be advertised in the spring.

For those interested in applying next year, details will be advertised in the spring.

Pictures of the sessions are available here and here.

Video summary of the opening session here. Full video here.

Introduction to the Alkire-Foster method by Professor James Foster and Dr Christian Oldiges here.

#OPHISS19

2018 Workshops – Archive

Multidimensional Impact Evaluation Workshop
Start Date: 01 Mar 2018
End Date: 03 Mar 2018
Location: Green Templeton College, Oxford
With: OPHI & Guests

Brief Description: About 30 researchers came together in Oxford in March 2018 to discuss how the Alkire-Foster Method can be used to evaluate the impact of social protection schemes. Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), the Multidimensional Impact … Continue reading Multidimensional Impact Evaluation Workshop

Seminar Series 2017 – Archive

Hilary Term 2017

Monday 16th January
Good governance and multidimensional poverty – A comparative analysis of 71 countries
Dr. Christoph Jindra, Research Officer, OPHI, University of Oxford (joint work with Dr. Ana Vaz, Research Officer, OPHI, University of Oxford)

Monday 23rd January
No seminar this week

Monday 30th January
Incorporating environmental and natural resources within analyses of multidimensional poverty
Dr. Sabina Alkire, Director, OPHI, University of Oxford (joint work with Dr. Géraldine Thiry, Université catholique de Louvain)

Monday 6th February
Inequality aversion, self-interest and MPI: A Ugandan lab-in-the-field experiment
Matthew Robson, PhD student, Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York

Monday 13th February
Are zeros distinct? Modelling the determinants of (enforced) deprivation for 14 EU countries
Selçuk Bedük, DPhil student, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

Monday 20th February
Representation of a separable symmetric preorder, with applications to welfare and poverty measurement
Dr. Natalie Quinn, Career Development Fellow in Economics, St John’s College, Oxford

Monday 27th February
Ethnic diversity and multidimensional poverty
Dr. Bilal Malaeb, Research Officer, OPHI, University of Oxford and Dr. Christian Oldiges, Research Officer, OPHI, University of Oxford

Monday 6th March
Title TBA
Dr. Rod Hick, Lecturer in Social Policy, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Michaelmas Term 2017

Monday 9th October
Multidimensional Poverty in Measurement and Policy
Professor John Hammock and Dr Bilal Malaeb, OPHI, University of Oxford

Monday 16th October
Multidimensional Impact Evaluation: The Case of WINGS in Uganda
Dr Bilal Malaeb, Research Officer, OPHI, University of Oxford (Joint work with Eustace Uzor, LSE)

Monday 23rd October
The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and other global indices
Dr Sabina Alkire, Director, OPHI, University of Oxford

Monday 30th October
Walls of Glass. Measuring Deprivation in Social Participation
Dr Nicolai Suppa, Research Associate, TU Dortmund

Monday 6th November
Causal claims to wellbeing improvement: the QuIP quest for better impact evaluation
Professor James Copestake, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

Monday 13th November
Chronic or Acute? Preference-Consistent measurement of Poverty over time
Dr Natalie Quinn, Senior Research Officer, OPHI, University of Oxford

Monday 20th November
Income and Multidimensional Poverty in Indonesia
Dr Usha Kanagaratnam, Research Officer, OPHI, University of Oxford

Monday 27th November
Multidimensional Poverty and Violence
Dr Christian Oldiges, Research Officer, OPHI, University of Oxford

Seminar Series 2019 – Archive

Friday 6 December
Sensitivity analyses in poverty measurement: The case of the global multidimensional poverty index’
With: Dr. Nicolai Suppa

Friday 29 November
The creative wealth of nations
With: Mr. Patrick Kabanda

Friday 22 November
Revisions of the global multidimensional poverty index (MPI): Indicator options and their empirical assessment
With: Dr. Usha Kanagaratnam

Friday 15 November
Relationships between monetary poverty and the global MPI: Joint, separate or correlated distributions?
With: Dr. Matthew Robson

Friday 1 November
The role of inequality in poverty measurement
With: Prof. Sabina Alkire

Friday 25 October
Multidimensional energy poverty: A quasi-experimental approach applied to education
With: Mr. Jeff Pagel

Friday 18 October
The first revision of the global MPI: Empirical insights and robustness
With: Dr. Ricardo Nogales

Monday 4 March
Taking into account gender and intra-household dynamics: Oxfam’s experience of assessing resilience capacities at the household and individual levels
With: Ms Alexia Pretari (Oxfam)

Monday 25 February
In quest of a better life: international labour migration and poverty in rural Bangladesh
With: Dr Ricardo Nogales (OPHI, University of Oxford), Dr Christian Oldiges (OPHI, University of Oxford)

Monday 18 February
How effective are CCT programs in reducing multiple deprivations? Some insights from Philippines’ 4Ps program
With: Dr Suman Seth (University of Leeds Business School)

Monday 11 February
Material deprivation and intra-household allocation across Europe
With: Dr Tania Burchardt (London School of Economics)

Monday 4 February
Child poverty in South Asia
With: Dr Sabina Alkire (OPHI, University of Oxford)

Monday 21 January
Assessing deprivation with ordinal variables: depth sensitivity and poverty aversion
With: Dr Gaston Yalonetzky (University of Leeds, Business School)

Monday 14 January
Women's empowerment in Tunisia: a discrete choice experiment to elicit weights for a multidimensional index
With: Dr Natalie Quinn (OPHI, University of Oxford)

Seminar Series 2018 – Archive

Monday 26 November
Towards A Global Asset Indicator: Re-assessing the Asset Indicator in the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index
With: Dr. Frank Vollmer (OPHI)

Monday 19 November
Measurement and Decomposition of Multidimensional Work Well-being Inequality in India
With: Ms. Sayli Javadekar, University of Geneva

Monday 12 November
Defining and Measuring Health Poverty
With: Prof. Philip Clarke, University of Oxford

Monday 5 November
A Meta-analysis of Oxfam's Women's Empowerment Projects
With: Mr. Simone Lombardini, Oxfam

Monday 22 October
Poverty Traps and Child Well-being in South Africa
With: Dr. Marisa von Fintel, Stellenbosch University

Monday 15 October
Multidimensional Poverty Reduction in India: Changes over Time
With: Dr. Sabina Alkire (OPHI)

Monday 8 October
The New Global Multidimensional Poverty Index
With: Dr. Sabina Alkire (OPHI) and Dr. Usha Kanagaratnam (OPHI)

Monday 19 March
Child poverty, public expenditure, and social policy in South Asia
With: Dr Abdul Alim (UNICEF)

Monday 5 March
Building a Child MPI
With: Dr Ana Vaz (OPHI-University of Oxford)

Monday 26 February
Incorporating a Delphi Method within Poverty Measurement: A Case Study of West Java, Indonesia
With: Putu Natih (University of Oxford)

Monday 19 February
Income and Multidimensional Poverty in Indonesia
With: Dr Usha Kanagaratnam (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative)

Monday 12 February
The Cost of Fitting In
With: Professor Jonathan Wolff (Blavatnik School of Government)

Monday 5 February
Multidimensional Poverty Indices for Children from Household Surveys: Lessons and Ways Forward
With: Dr Martin Evans (Overseas Development Institute)

Monday 29 January
Multidimensional Poverty and Violence
With: Dr. Christian Oldiges, OPHI - Oxford University

Monday 15 January
Understanding the Differences between the MPI and MODA
With: Dr. Sabina Alkire, OPHI Director

Seminar Series 2016 – Archive

Monday 28 November
Do alternative measures of poverty matter? A comparison between consumption poverty and multidimensional poverty in Indonesia
With: Usha Kanagaratnam, DPhil candidate

Monday 21 November
Multidimensional poverty in China 2010-2014 Presentation
With: Yangyang Shen, OPHI

Monday 14 November
Changes in multidimensional poverty among countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – Results for 35 Countries
With: Christoph Jindra, OPHI

Monday 7 November
Measurement and determinants of child multidimensional poverty in Senegal
With: Bouba Housseini, OPHI

Monday 31 October
The research agenda on multidimensional poverty: important and as-yet unanswered questions
With: Dr Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI

Monday 24 October
The Role of Natural Resources in the Aid-Growth-Poverty Puzzle
With: Juliana Milovich, University Paris Nanterre, France.

Monday 17 October
From academic research to policy and impact: lessons learned from OPHI Presentation
With: John Hammock, Co-founder of OPHI

Monday 10 October
Global MPI 2016 Presentation
With: Dr Sabina Alkire, Christoph Jindra, Bouba Housseini & Yangyang Shen

Monday 7 March
Changes in Multidimensional Poverty - some preliminary new results
With: Christoph Jindra, Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 29 February
Dynamic Measurement of China's Multidimensional Poverty and Stability Analysis - based on a comparison with income poverty Presentation
With: Yingfeng Fang, Wuhan University

Monday 22 February
Growth and Poverty Revisited from a Multidimensional Perspective Presentation
With: Maria Emma Santos, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas & OPHI

Monday 15 February
China's Global MPI Presentation
With: Yangyang Shen, Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 8 February
A Typology for the Measures of Poverty Using Multiple Deprivation Indicators Presentation
With: Selcuk Beduk, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford

Monday 1 February
Measuring Autonomy: Evidence from Bangladesh Presentation
With: Ana Vaz, Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 25 January
Measuring Multidimensional Poverty for Children aged 0-17: an exploratory analysis
With: Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI

Monday 18 January
Work and Well-being. A Conceptual Suggestion based on the Capability Approach Presentation
With: Nicolai Suppa, Technical University of Dortmund

Seminar Series 2015 – Archive

Monday 30 November
Multidimensional poverty in Brazil, 2000-2010
With: Adriana Stankiewicz Serra, Institute of Economics - University of Campinas, Brazil and Leeds University Business School

Monday 23 November
Missing the unhealthy? Examining the empirical validity of the Material Deprivation Indices of poverty Presentation
With: Selcuk Beduk, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford

Monday 16 November
Measuring malnutrition and dietary diversity: Theory and evidence from India Presentation
With: Christian Oldiges, Heidelberg University

Monday 9 November
MPI - A Stata command for the Alkire-Foster method Presentation
With: Christoph Jindra, OPHI, University of Oxford

Monday 2 November
Union vs intermediate approach to identification of poverty and some policy implications Presentation
With: Gisela Robles Aguilar, OPHI, University of Oxford

Monday 26 October
Measuring deprivation with exogenous weighting schemes and the possibility of heterogeneous target levels
With: Anders Herlitz(1) & David Horan(2), 1)Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg & Department of Philosophy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2)Department of Economics, Oxford Brookes University

Monday 19 October
The aspirational power of measuring poverty: How the Poverty Stoplight can complement the MPI Presentation
With: Katharina Hammler, Fundación Paraguaya

Monday 12 October
Introduction to OPHI
With: Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI

Monday 9 March
‘A Multidimensional Poverty Index in the Sustainable Development Goals - interim reflections’ Presentation
With: Sabina Alkire, Director, OPHI

Monday 2 March
‘Identifying the destitute: An ordinal approach for identifying linked subsets of multidimensionally poor’
With: Suman Seth, Senior Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 23 February
‘Economic growth, inequality and multidimensional poverty: Evidence from a panel of countries’
With: Bouba Housseini, Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 16 February
Multidimensional poverty of households with disabled members in five Latin American countries
With: Monica Pinilla, DPhil student at the School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham

Monday 9 February
‘Inequality, growth and living standards in the OECD’ Presentation
With: Brian Nolan, Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford and Director of the Employment, Equity and Growth Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

Monday 2 February
‘An exploration of the multidimensional poverty of women at household and individual level’ Presentation
With: Gisela Robles Aguilar, Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 26 January
‘Measuring women’s autonomy in Chad and its associations with breastfeeding practices’ Presentation
With: Ana Vaz, Research Officer, OPHI