Category Archives: Courses and Events

Seminar Series 2014 – Archive

Monday 1 December
'Robust pro-poorest poverty reduction with counting measures: the anonymous case' Presentation
With: Gaston Yalonetzky, Lecturer of Economics, University of Leeds

Monday 24 November
'Multidimensional poverty and inequality' Presentation
With: Bouba Housseini, OPHI Research Officer

Monday 17 November
'Multidimensional poverty measurement for EU-SILC countries' Presentation
With: Sabina Alkire, Director, OPHI

Monday 10 November
'Multidimensional poverty and inclusive growth in India: An analysis using growth elasticities' Presentation
With: Suman Seth, Senior Research Officer, OPHI

Tuesday 4 November
Special Guest Lecture at 5pm: 'The Art, the (Social) Science and the Politics of Building State Capability for Implementation' Presentation
With: Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank

Monday 27 October
'Understanding later life from a multidimensional perspective' Presentation
With: Jiweon Jun, Research Officer, Centre for Time Use Research, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford

Monday 20 October
'An empirical exploration of the “Shame of poverty” for Chile in 2009' Presentation
With: Gisela Robles Aguilar, Research Officer, OPHI

Monday 13 October
'Introduction to OPHI' Presentation
With: Sabina Alkire, Director, OPHI

Thursday 13 March
'Measuring human development index: The old, the new and the elegant' Presentation
With: Srijit Mishra, Associate Professor, Indira Ghandi Institute of Development Research

Thursday 6 March
'Assessing the impact of corruption on peace and development: A look at the Global Peace Index and the Mexico Peace Index'
With: Thomas Morgan, Research Fellow, Institute of Economics and Peace

Thursday 27 February
'Who are the poorest of the poor? Assessing Ultra Poverty in Developing Countries'
With: Suman Seth, Research Officer OPHI

Thursday 20 February
'Dynamics and drivers of consumption and multidimensional poverty: Evidence from rural Ethiopia' Presentation
With: Sindu W. Kebede, Post Doctoral Researcher, Humboldt University

Thursday 13 February
'Are there ethnic inequality traps in education? Evidence from Brazil and Chile' Presentation
With: Adriana Conconi, Research Officer OPHI

Thursday 6 February
'Multidimensional poverty and impact evaluation' Presentation
With: Ana Vaz, Research Officer OPHI

Thursday 23 January
'The methodologies of computing changes over time in multidimensional poverty: Comparisons and contrasts' Presentation
With: Sabina Alkire, Director OPHI

2016 Workshops – Archive

Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty Levels and Trends
Start Date: 06 Dec 2016
End Date: 07 Dec 2016
Location: Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford
With: 

Brief Description: An introduction to OPHI presented by Sabina Alkire 10:30-11:00 Econometric Analyses of Multidimensional Poverty by Nicolai Suppa Discussant: William Greene 11:20-12:10 Ethnic Diversity and Multidimensional Poverty by Christian Oldiges and Bilal Malaeb Discussant: Andrew Gelman   13:10-14:00 Good governance and … Continue reading Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty Levels and Trends→

2012 Workshops – Archive

Workshop on Inclusive Growth and Poverty in Asia
Start Date: 03 Dec 2012
End Date: 04 Dec 2012
Location: Washington DC, USA
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI took part in a workshop on ‘Inclusive Growth and Poverty in Asia’ in Washington DC, USA, from 3-4 December.

Dynamic Comparison between Multidimensional Poverty and Monetary Poverty
Start Date: 21 Nov 2012
End Date: 22 Nov 2012
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI and Stephan Klasen

Brief Description: This workshop was held in Oxford by OPHI and Stephan Klasen, Professor of Development Economics and Empirical Economic Research at the University of Göttingen, Germany. The workshop saw 17 papers presented: two of them on multidimensional poverty methods; two on monetary poverty; and 13 in which monetary poverty and multidimensional poverty were compared in different countries, including Bhutan, India, Nepal, Uganda, Vietnam, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Indonesia and South Africa. You can download and listen to the presentations given by clicking on the links in the table below.

Workshop on Value Judgements in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Design
Start Date: 28 Jun 2012
End Date: 29 Jun 2012
Location: Oxford Department of International Development
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: Research Workshop | 28-29 June, Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford 2012 This intensive workshop joined together philosophers and economists to discuss a very specific, practical topic – the design of new multidimensional poverty measures – and flesh out some … Continue reading Workshop on Value Judgements in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Design→

2016 – Summer School

Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, in collaboration with the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) and Beijing Normal University (BNU), the 2016 Summer School will be hosted at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China, 1-13 August 2016.

—Please note that applications for the 2016 Summer School are no longer being accepted.—

The purpose of this intensive summer school is 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 will revise axiomatic poverty measures, and will get an overview of different techniques of multidimensional poverty measurement and which problems they are best suited to solve. The empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty will be presented as well as the conceptual motivation, drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach.

The following topics will be 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;
  • Estimation of multidimensional poverty and interpretation of the results;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
  • Robustness tests, standard errors, and statistical inference
  • Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty;
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.
The summer school will be led by the Researchers and Director of OPHI. Instructors include Sabina Alkire, James Foster, John Hammock, Adriana Conconi, Ana Vaz, Bilal Malaeb, Bouba Housseini, Christoph Jindra, Christian Oldiges, Gisela Robles Aguilar, Monica Pinilla, Usha Kanagaratnam & Yangyang Shen.

Course Format:

The summer school will consist of 10.5 days of instruction and working group sessions, taught in English. Each participant needs to bring a laptop with Stata with them to do the problem sets. Throughout the summer school, participants will be actively involved in discussions and working through problem sets, and will be invited to present their research work as well as share their experiences.

Dates and Location:

The course runs from Monday 1 August to Saturday 13 August with a final exam (non-compulsory) on Saturday 13 August. Classes will take place in Beijing, China.

Special Event:

An optional field trip to China’s anti-poverty policy targeting village will be offered on August 7th. If you are interested, you are welcome to apply (further details for the application will be made available soon).

Costs:

The course fee is varied as follows:

  • $ 800 USD for all students, and for academic researchers based in developing countries;
  • $1500 USD for professionals based in developing countries; and
  • $2500 USD for professionals based in developed countries.

In addition, participants will need to pay for accommodation (further details regarding accommodation costs will be made available soon), meals ($20/day for modest fare), travel costs and the Stata software. Additionally, please note a Chinese visa may need to be applied for and obtained at the participant’s cost (please consult the Chinese embassy in your country for visa-related information). Invitation letters and visa permission will be provided to those accepted on the course.

Course Application Information

· Audience – The summer school is addressed to those who are working on, or actively interested in gaining skills in, multidimensional poverty measurement, particularly academics, postgraduate students, government officials and professionals. Applicants who are currently pursuing a research project or work on measurement are particularly 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 absolute 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 is not provided by the summer school.
  • Where possible, participants should have a strong knowledge in quantitative methods (e.g. econometrics, statistics, etc), and a strong interest in poverty measurement and analysis.

· Financial Support – Limited partial financial support will be available (some of it earmarked for applicants from African NSOs). 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.

· Application Form – To apply, please complete the application form and submit a most recent curriculum vitae and sample Stata .do file. The application process is competitive; applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided in their application. Candidates who cannot access the online application form may download and fill in this Excel form instead.

· Important Dates:

Monday 21 March 2016     Deadline for applicants requesting financial support

Sunday 17 April 2016            Final deadline

Tuesday 26 April 2016       First acceptance emails will be sent starting from this date

Questions? Please write to ophi-summerschool@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

Summer School 2015

Organised by OPHI and hosted at the Georgetown University in Washington D.C. 3-15 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.

 

OPHI Summer School Materials 2015

Key resources

Pre-Summer School Readings

Presentations and exercises

Day 1 Video PDF
Why Multidimensional (MD) Poverty Measures? Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
More Relatively-Poor People in a Less Absolutely-Poor World Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Review: Unidimensional Poverty Measurement Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 2
Case studies: Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Alkire Foster Methodology Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
 Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Methodologies and Counting Approaches  pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 3
 Introduction to the Capability Approach pdf-icon-transparent-background2
National Multidimensional Poverty Measures Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Normative Choices in Measurement Design pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 4
Data Issues in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement pdf-icon-transparent-background2
 Stata  Play-icon-transparent  pdf-icon-transparent-background2
 Day 5
Associations across Deprivations Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
 Day 7
Population Subgroup Decomposition and Dimensional Breakdown Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 8
Robustness analysis and statistical inference Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Multidimensional Poverty Dynamics with Time Series and Panel data Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Interpreting
Multidimensional Poverty Results
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 Day 9
Multidimensional Poverty and Distribution: Inequality among the poor and Disparity across regions Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Some Regression Models for the Alkire and Foster Method Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Communication Play-icon-transparent pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 10
Targeting and Impact Evaluation pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Uses & Institutionalisation of Multidimensional Poverty Measurement pdf-icon-transparent-background2

OPHI Summer School 2014

Organised by OPHI and hosted at the University of Oxford’s Department for International Development (ODID)
Oxford University, Oxford, UK ~ 11-23 August 2014

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, drawing 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;
  • Data reduction techniques for measure design and analysis;
  • 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 led by the Researchers and Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), an economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. OPHI instructors include Sabina Alkire, Mauricio Apablaza, Mihika Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, John Hammock, Bouba Housseini, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz.

2007 Workshops – Archive

OPHI Launch Workshops
Start Date: 29 May 2007
End Date: 01 Jun 2007
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: This topic was proposed by a research workshop in May 2006, which observed that research is deeply affected by the lack of internationally comparable data on key capabilities or dimensions of deprivation and agreed that better data based on high quality empirical and conceptual research are needed. The workshop considered proposals for a short list of indicators that people cite as important in their experiences of poverty but are generally missing from internationally comparable surveys to date. See OPHI’s Missing Dimensions pages for up to date information on work on this research theme. One page overview of Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data workshop.

Workshop on Teaching Human Development
Start Date: 28 Mar 2007
End Date: 31 Mar 2007
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

2008 Workshops – Archive

Open Dialogue with OPHI
Start Date: 16 Jun 2008
End Date: 16 Jun 2008
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI researchers presented results of work in progress on Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, China, India, and Bhutan. In each of these cases, OPHI researchers use existing data to compare income poverty with a new multidimensional poverty measure (Alkire & Foster Working Paper 7) and explore the value added.

OPHI Workshop on Measuring Freedoms
Start Date: 28 May 2008
End Date: 29 May 2008
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: A great deal of attention has focused on empirical studies related to multidimensional poverty. These could be conceived of as the measurement of functionings. Considerably less attention has been applied to empirical measures of capabilities and opportunity freedoms. Measures of process freedoms such as empowerment and political freedom have been developed, but the integration of these measures with the space of functionings has not occurred. This workshop focused on the borderlands between theoretical and empirical work on freedom.

OPHI Workshop on Weighting in Multidimensional Poverty Measures
Start Date: 26 May 2008
End Date: 27 May 2008
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: In constructing multidimensional poverty measures, it is possible to apply weights a) in aggregating variables within one dimension; b) in aggregating across dimensions; c) in aggregating across people. At each point of aggregation, we need to determine the parameters that define the marginal contribution of each indicator, dimension, or individual to the overall well-being (or deprivation), taking into consideration also the possible interconnections among them. OPHI’s May 2008 workshop will consider a number of techniques to set weights for multidimensional measures. 

2009 Workshop – Archive

OPHI Workshop on Policy: Uruguay Round
Start Date: 14 Oct 2009
End Date: 15 Oct 2009
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: OPHI held its first workshop with high-level policymakers from Latin America on 14/ 15 October in Montevideo, Uruguay. The aim was to assess the policy implications of OPHI’s work on the “missing dimensions” of human development. Participants from Argentina, Bolivia, … Continue reading OPHI Workshop on Policy: Uruguay Round→

OPHI Workshop on ‘Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data’
Start Date: 16 Aug 2009
End Date: 16 Aug 2009
Location: Durban, South Africa
With: OPHI

Brief Description: On 16 August, OPHI conducted a workshop on the Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data in Durban, South Africa prior to the opening of the 57th session of the International Statistics Institute (ISI). The ISI has as its objective ‘to promote the understanding, development, and good practice of statistics worldwide’ and assembled more than 3,000 delegates over six days. OPHI took advantage of the ISI meetings to invite participants to attend a workshop to discuss OPHI’s survey modules and their relevance to understanding poverty in Africa, potential policy implications, and how the work of OPHI might be taken further in the region. OPHI is eager to become more involved in Africa and to test these modules in at least one African country.

OPHI Workshop on Multidimensional Measures in Six Contexts
Start Date: 01 Jun 2009
End Date: 02 Jun 2009
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI

Brief Description: OPHI’s June 2009 small, high-level research workshop will examine several multidimensional measures used in six specific contexts – including the multidimensional poverty methodology developed by OPHI – to critically compare them, identify commonalities, advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies, and isolate shared weaknesses for which new methodologies should be developed.

OPHI Workshop on Robustness Methods for Multidimensional Welfare Analysis
Start Date: 05 May 2009
End Date: 06 May 2009
Location: Oxford
With: OPHI

Brief Description: The goal of this OPHI workshop is to identify and discuss specific areas for research aimed at developing stronger methodologies of robustness for multidimensional well-being analysis. Special emphasis is given to stochastic dominance techniques. The sessions will survey how various methods have been applied in the literature, and identify strengths and weaknesses of the techniques and discuss potential further developments. We see this workshop as a first stage, and hope that some participants and invitees might prepare papers for a special issue that follows up on key ideas.

2010 Workshops – Archive

World Bank Workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement
Start Date: 30 Aug 2010
End Date: 30 Aug 2010
Location: World Bank, Washington DC
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: The Poverty and Inequality Measurement and Analysis Practice Group August 30th, 2010, World Bank, Washington DC Poverty is multidimensional, and the Bank’s work reflects the importance of addressing the different dimensions of poverty. But, when talking about measurement , researchers … Continue reading World Bank Workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement

Multidimensional Poverty & Inequality: New Methods & Research Directions
Start Date: 14 Jun 2010
End Date: 16 Jun 2010
Location: Oxford Department of International Development
With: OPHI & guests

Brief Description: OPHI’s workshop on new methods and research directions in multidimensional poverty and inequality discussed innovative new techniques to measure multiple dimensions of life. Participants included senior academics, students and representatives from international agencies. The workshop was co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report Office, who OPHI is collaborating with on work towards the 2010 UNDP Human Development Report.