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Multidimensional poverty measurement in the post-2015 development context

Side-event and webcast at the UN General Assembly

24 September 2013, UN, New York

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Highlights from the discussion

Press Release

Statement by Arsenio M. Balisacan, Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning, Philippines

Photo by:Christine Butler
The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network held a special side-event to coincide with the High Level Meetings of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. The event addressed the future of multidimensional poverty measurement in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

Call to actionpost2015_4

The Network, which includes governments of Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Philippines and Nigeria, along with the World Bank, UNDP and OECD, called upon the UN to adopt a new multidimensional poverty index (MPI) 2015+ (also described as an MPI 2.0) to track progress toward the new goals adopted after 2015.  The countries and institutions gathered together:

*   Recommended that the UN should adopt a new multidimensional poverty measure to complement the $1.25 a day income poverty measure, and urged the UN to adopt a new multidimensional framework for poverty reduction worldwide, as part of the post-2015 development strategy.

*   Called for the breaking apart of silos on poverty reduction, and for countries and international institutions to adopt a multidimensional, multisectoral approach to poverty reduction underpinned by multidimensional poverty measures.

*   Shared concrete ways in which national MPIs, whose indicators reflect national plans and country priorities, are being used for policy coordination, targeting, monitoring, and making visible real progress that income poverty measures overlook.

*   Were united in their calls for better data and better measures of poverty.

post2015_1At the national level, the governments of Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, Nigeria and Chile called on other nations to embrace new multidimensional poverty measures due to their effectiveness for policy change. They stressed that it is essential to complement any international MPI with nationally adapted indices for poverty reduction.

Their calls highlighted the pioneering work being undertaken by Southern nations on global poverty eradication, and the importance of South-South learning in driving change and innovation.

The video of the event can be accessed via the link here.

Highlights of some of the discussion’s key points are available on the OPHI website here.

You can view Sabina Alkire’s presentation on building a multidimensional poverty index here.

To read a Guardian report on the meeting, visit their website here.

To read the statement given by  Arsenio M. Balisacan, Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning, Philippines see the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) website here.

Panelists at the event on 24 September included:

kopp_50 Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary Secretary of State, Germany caballero_50 Paula Caballero, Director of Economic, Social and Environmental Affairs, Colombia
Hernandez_50 Gonzalo Hernandez, Director of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), Mexico Balisacan_50 Arsenio Balisacan, Minister of Socioeconomic Planning, Philippines
 Kale_50 Yemi Kale, Statistician General, National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria Baranda_50 Bruno Baranda, Minister of Social Development, Chile
 Saavedra_50 Jaime Saavedra, Acting Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank Kjorven_50 Olav Kjorven, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP
lingnau_50 Hildegard Lingnau, Senior Counsellor, Director’s Office, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD, on behalf of Erik Solheim, Chair, OECD Development Assistance Committee sabina_50 Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative

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post2015_3Multidimensional measures help us understand the interconnected factors that constitute people’s experience of poverty, and enable policymakers to identify and address overlapping deprivations more effectively.

Data shows that people who are multidimensionally poor are not necessarily income poor.  By adopting a multidimensional poverty measure to support the post-2015 development goals, we can incorporate the participatory insights of those living in poverty and ensure we eradicate both multidimensional and income poverty.

This event was organised by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, CONEVAL of Mexico, the Department for Social Prosperity of Colombia, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at the University of Oxford (OPHI) and the new Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network, a global network of policymakers dedicated to advancing the multidimensional measurement of poverty and improving poverty reduction efforts.

Photos by: Christine Butler

ESRC-NCRM training course on multidimensional poverty

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) organised a two-day training course in Oxford on 13-14 June 2013, ‘An Introduction to the Alkire Foster Method of Measuring Multidimensional Poverty’, which was run by OPHI’s research team.

The course provided a conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of poverty measurement, with a focus on the implementation of the Alkire Foster counting method. This first course provided an idea of the relevance of multidimensional measurement and the intuition behind a local implementation.

The programme included a policy-focused sharing session on the international experience, a comprehensive summary of the current state of the art, the methodology, and an intuitive explanation of the implementation process. The course also gave participants the opportunity to design, tailor and calculate a multidimensional poverty measure based on the Alkire Foster methodology. Theoretical lessons were complemented with empirical calculations (in groups).

At the end of the course, participants knew the arguments for the relevance of multidimensional poverty measures; understood why and how such measures add value to unidimensional measures and dashboards; and were able to compute Alkire Foster measures and adapt parameters to their own requirements and contexts.

The NCRM is part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) strategy to improve the standards of research methods.

For more information on the course, click here.

Workshop on Inclusive Growth and Poverty in Asia

OPHI will be taking part in a workshop on ‘Inclusive Growth and Poverty in Asia’ in Washington DC, USA, from 3-4 December.

The workshop will be held jointly with the Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University, and the Asian Development Bank. Participants will include Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Colombia University; James Foster, OPHI Research Associate and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; and Guanghua Wan, Principal Economist at the Asian Development Bank.

OPHI staff including Sabina Alkire, José Manuel Roche, Paola Ballon, Mauricio Apablaza and John Hammock will present at the workshop, on topics including ‘Poverty Dynamics and Inclusive Growth in India’, ‘Chronic and transient multidimensional poverty in Indonesia’ and ‘Reducing multidimensional poverty: Inter-temporal analysis in twenty countries’.

Dynamic Comparison between Multidimensional Poverty and Monetary Poverty

Research workshop | 21-22 November, Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford 2012

OPHI workshop, November 2012This 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.

During the workshop a number of video interviews were recorded in which participants including Stephan Klasen, Sabina Alkire and Frances Stewart shared their thoughts on the key findings; you can watch the interviews here.

The workshop looked at a number of practical questions:

  • When do multidimensional poverty measures add information lacking in monetary poverty measures?
  • If the headcounts of income and MPI are similar, are the same people identified as poor by both measures?
  • Should a multidimensional poverty measure include income or consumption poverty, or should these be kept separate?
  • How do relationships across multidimensional and income poverty measures evolve over time?

In order to catalyse comments and input, four common analyses were presented by the papers which compared monetary and multidimensional poverty:

  • Rural-urban
  • By quintile
  • By household size
  • Cross-tabs of multidimensional and monetary poverty with matching headcounts.

Participants of the workshop included Professor Sir Tony Atkinson, OPHI Advisor and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University; Francis Stewart, Professor Emeritus of Development Economics at Oxford University’s Department for International Development (ODID); Doug Golling, Professor of Development Economics at ODID; and James Foster, OPHI Research Associate and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in the United States.


Presenter Presentation and Audio
Sabina Alkire Introduction and Problematic [audio:]
Sabina Alkire Understanding Associations Across Deprivation Indicators in Multidimensional Poverty [audio:]
Maria Emma Santos Tracking Poverty Reduction in Bhutan [audio:]
Rajeev Kumar Comparing Multidimensional Poverty and Consumption Poverty based on Primary Survey in India [audio:]
Sandip Sarkar Multidimensional Poverty in India: Insights from NSSO Data [audio:]
Shabana Mitra Multidimensionality of Poverty in Nepal [audio:]
Ram Hari Gaihre Comparison between Multidimensional Poverty Index and Monetary Poverty for Nepal [audio:]
Caroline Dotter The (Ir-)Relevance of the International Poverty Line for National Poverty Assessment [audio:]
James Foster Poverty Measurement and the Distribution of Deprivations among the Poor [audio:]
Stephan Klasen Global Absolute and ‘Weakly Relative’ Poverty Revisited [audio:‘weakly-relative’-poverty-revisited.mp3]
Stephan Klasen Mapping MPI and Monetary Poverty: The Case of Uganda [audio:]
Sebastian Levine Comparing Multidensional and Monetary Poverty in Uganda [audio:]
Van Tran-Quang The Dynamics of Monetary and Multidimensional Poverty in Vietnam [audio:]
Juan Pablo Ocampo (Re-)Counting the Poor in Peru: A Multidimensional Approach [audio:]
José Manuel Roche Multidimensional Poverty Analysis in Venezuela, 1997-2010 [audio:]
Iván González de Alba Mexico’s ‘Official’ Multidimensional Poverty Measure: A Comparative Study of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Populations [audio:]
Paola Ballon Fernandez Multidimensional Poverty Dynamics in Indonesia [audio:|volume=60] We apologise for the quality of the audio at the beginning of this recording
Stephan Klasen MPI vs Income Poverty in South Africa using the South African National Income Dynamics Study[audio:]

Workshop on Value Judgements in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Design

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 of the practical issues that arise in so doing, namely how to use insights from statistical and normative reasoning in the choice and justification of indicators, weights and cutoffs in a poverty measure, and what kind and quality of public debate or deliberative discussion is ‘enough’ for national official poverty measures.

Brief description of topic

Innovative national and international quantitative multidimensional poverty measures are being used as official poverty measures and for policy design and monitoring. However many decisions in the design of these multidimensional poverty measures entail value judgements. These include value judgements about what poverty is (dimensions, indicators and weights), and who is poor (cutoffs). Because resulting measures must also fulfil technical standards, their design requires an epistemological framework to coordinate the use of empirical and normative considerations.  The design and defence of normative judgements is relatively underdeveloped and dispersed. Furthermore, economists and statisticians are not trained in value-judgements so often do not address these issues. Yet it is the ethical choices in multidimensional poverty measurement that become the most controversial in public policy and in the media. The proposed research workshop will engage philosophers and social scientists on certain specific, pointed and practical questions that arise in measurement design.  The following questions are answered in any multidimensional poverty measure: our workshop will consider how such questions can best be answered in the design of official national multidimensional poverty measures, articulating diverse considerations and generating practical and non-technical as well as academic outputs with respect to:

  1. Purpose & Space – What is the poverty measure for? In which space ought it be constructed? [most use resources due to data constraints; how justify when these proxy functionings]
  2. Dimensions – How should the ‘dimensions’ of poverty be selected (e.g. health, work)?
  3. Particular Indicators – How should particular indicators of poverty be chosen? What is the role of statistical vs normative insights?
  4. Cutoffs – How to decide ‘how much is enough’ in each indicator?
  5. Weights – How to set and justify relative values or weights on indicators?
  6. Procedure – Who decides normative issues? What is the appropriate role of poor people, governments and statistical or technical experts?
  7. Plural Criteria – How should statistical, political, and participatory input be coordinated in measurement design?

Conference on South Asia in Transition

Conference on South onference Asia in Transition

25-26 November, 2011

Department of Sociology & Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative


DAY 1: 25.11.2011 Friday

Manor Road Building (MRB) Seminar C and G

9.00-9.30 Welcome Remarks in Seminar G

9.30 -11.00 Political Participation: Democracy, Dictatorship and Beyond in Seminar G

11.30-13.00 Social Exclusion  in Seminar G

14.00-15.30 Politics of Development and Entitlement in Seminar C

16.00-17.30 Politics of Resistance and Social Movements in Seminar C


DAY 2: 26.11.2011 Saturday

Manor Road Building Seminar D and G

9.30-11.00 Politics of Identity, Culture and Art in Seminar D

9.30-11.00 Transformations in Political Economy: State, Capital and Changing Labour Relations in Seminar G

11.30-13.00 Violent Conflicts  in Seminar D

11.30-13.00 Measuring Poverty in South Asia  in Seminar G

14.00-15.30 The South Asian Diaspora: The Politics of Conflict, Identity and Change in Seminar D

14.00-15.30 Politics of Development and Citizenship in Seminar G

15.30-16.00 Vote of Thanks  in Seminar G

Workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis

Multidimensional poverty analysis – applications for human development and social inclusion monitoring

This event has now passed, but you can watch the discussion online here

June 20, 2011, 9am-6pm BST

Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford and broadcast live online

To mark the launch of a new UNDP Regional Human Development Report for Europe and CIS, “Beyond Transition, Towards Inclusive Societies”, this one-day workshop – which you can watch live online – will bring together researchers, practitioners and other interested parties to discuss multidimensional poverty, social exclusion and human development. Prepared by UNDP’s Regional Office for Europe and CIS, this new report on social exclusion will be the starting point for a broader discussion of how individual countries can use multidimensional methodologies, such as the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) developed by OPHI, to monitor progress. The workshop, organized by UNDP Europe and CIS and OPHI, will take the example of social inclusion to explore possible entry points for individual governments.

The morning will focus on conceptual and methodological aspects of multidimensional poverty; the afternoon will address some sector-specific challenges.  The first session will set the scene by introducing some recent examples of applications of the MPI methodology. The afternoon session will introduce some specific challenges that are important from a social inclusion perspective. To conclude the day, participants will mark out some next steps and ways the MPI can be adapted to a variety of different contexts.

** Get Involved **

Even if you can’t attend in person you can still get involved. You can watch the sessions live as they happen and ask questions of all panelists online using Twitter. Here’s how:

1.     Live streaming: the event will be broadcast live as it happens. To watch, simply visit on the day of the event (20 June 2011, from 9am-6pm BST – detailed timings below).

2.     On Twitter:  the official hashtag for the event is #sioxford (that stands for social inclusion Oxford, in case you were wondering!). We will be tweeting live from Oxford so you can follow the event real-time and can also use the same hashtag to share your comments and questions.

3.     On the UNDP Europe and CIS blog: in the next few days UNDP will begin publishing key data from their new report “Beyond Transition, Towards Inclusive Societies” and will be blogging live from the event. Look at for a taste of things to come.

** Agenda **

9:00 – 9:30. Setting the scene and opening remarks

  • Bringing social inclusion and human development closer. Kori Udovicki, Director, Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS, UNDP
  • Cooperation between academia and international organizations – “costs and benefits” Sabina Alkire, Director, OPHI

9.30-11:00. Session 1 – Introducing multidimensional poverty and social exclusion monitoring Chair: Gaston Yalonetzky, OPHI Research Officer

  • Multidimensional poverty monitoring. Sabina Alkire, Director, OPHI
  • Measuring social exclusion using multidimensional poverty methodology – the example of the Regional HDR. Balazs, Horvath (UNDP)
  • Discussion

11:00-11.30 – Coffee Break

11.30- 13.00. Session 2 – Improving methodologies and data for more targeted policy responses Chair: Susanne Milcher (consultant)

  • The Five Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data – why do we need to bring them in (and how)? …. Sabina Alkire, OPHI.
  • Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data – governance and social inclusion. Annie Demirjian, Democratic Governance Practice Leader, UNDP Bratislava.
  • Putting data in context. Using secondary source contextualization for social exclusion monitoring. Andrey Ivanov, Human development Policy Advisor, UNDP Bratislava.
  • Turning data users into data producers: collaborative approaches to statistics. Giulio Quaggiotto, UNDP Bratislava.
  • Discussion

13.00-14.00 – Lunchtime Seminar (optional) Multidimensional Poverty in Venezuela during 1997-2000: A proposal for a nationally adapted measure for monitoring purposes. Professor Cesar Gallo, Central University of Venezuela and Jose Manuel Roche, OPHI.

14.00-16.00. Session 3 – Specific challenges and possible responses Chair: Andrey Ivanov, UNDP

  • “Inclusive growth: beyond poverty and social exclusion”? Max Spoor, Professor of Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Erasmus University
  • Youth and the recession – how to employ those left behind. Niall O’Higgins, University of Salerno
  • Access to community-based social services. Paul Stubbs, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Discussion

16:00 – 16:30 – Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30 – Session 4 –Taking stock of ongoing work and looking to the future Chair: Jose Manuel Roche, OPHI

  • Multidimensional poverty monitoring – update on possible applications and country initiatives? Mihail Peleah, UNDP Bratislava.
  • Areas of possible improvement of data and information resources
  • Involving academia

17:30 – 18:00 – Closing remarks, looking to the future and closing address from Valpy Fitzgerald, Director, Oxford Department of International Development

** Attendance **

Attendance: If you would like to attend this workshop, there are a few spaces left so please email

Location: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford. OX1 3TB

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World Bank Workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement

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 and practitioners ask,

  • Should we try to aggregate all the different dimensions of poverty in one single indicator?
  • Is it is possible to do it in a sensible and practical way? And if so,
  • Does the aggregation in one indicator help in policy decision making?

This discussion has been around in academic circles for many years, and is now re-energized by the recent publication of a new Multidimensional Poverty Index by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, which features in this year’s UNDP’s Human Development Report. To discuss theoretical and empirical aspects of multidimensional poverty measurement, the Poverty and Inequality Measurement and Analysis Practice Group organised this workshop with:

James Foster
Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University & Research Associate for the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, Oxford University



Sabina Alkire
Director of the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Oxford University &
Research Associate for the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University



Maria Emma Santos
Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford & Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas-Universidad Nacional del Sur



Gonzalo Hernandez
Head of the National Evaluation Commission
CONEVAL (Mexico)



View Sabina Alkire and Maria Emma Santos’ presentation.

Professor Foster gave a lecture on theoretical and empirical challenges of multidimensional poverty measurement. In her lecture, Sabina Alkire presented their most recent OPHI paper, with Maria Emma Santos on a new “Acute Multidimensional Poverty Indicator”; and Gonzalo Hernandez presented methodological and institutional issues faced by his team in the construction of a multidimensional indicator by CONEVAL in Mexico.

The workshop closed with a panel discussion including:

Samuel Freije, Senior Economist, Poverty and Gender, Latina America and the Caribbean (LCSPP)
Gabriel Demombynes, Senior Economist, Africa PREM, Nairobi Office (AFTP2)
Rinku Murgai, Senior Economist, South Asia PREM, Delhi Office (SASEP)
Ruslan Yemtsov, Lead Economst, Social Protection Anchor (HDNSP)
Nobuo Yoshida, Senior Economist, Poverty and Equity (PRMPR)
Peter Lanjouw, Research Manager, Development Research Group Poverty and Inequality (DECPI)
Jaime Saavedra, Acting Director, Poverty Reduction and Equity (PRMPR)

Read the full meeting agenda here.

The Poverty and Inequality Measurement and Analysis Practice Group, coordinated by PREM’s Poverty Reduction and Equity Unit and DEC’s Poverty and Inequality Unit, meets regularly under the auspices of the Poverty Reduction Board. Members of the Practice Group discuss technical issues of poverty measurement and poverty analysis, and challenges that poverty economists across the Bank confront in their analytical and technical assistance work with their client countries.

OPHI Director Sabina Alkire presenting to World Bank workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement
OPHI Director Sabina Alkire presenting to World Bank workshop on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement

OPHI Launch Workshops

University of Oxford, May 29 – 1 June 2007

These workshops launched OPHI’s research themes on the ‘Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data‘ and ‘Multidimensional Poverty Comparisons‘.

Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data

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.

Tuesday 29 May, Introduction and Overview

Presentation: Sabina Alkire, A.B. Atkinson, Barbara Harriss-White
Materials: PDF of PowerPoint Sabina Alkire

Tuesday 29 May, Session I: Missing Dimensions of Human Development

Chair: Sabina Alkire
Frances Stewart “Beyond the HDI”
Giovanni Razzu “Freedom and Fairness: The Equalities Review”
Sören Gigler “Measures of Well-Being: a case study from Bolivia”
Materials: PDF of PowerPoint Sören Gigler, PDF of PowerPoint Giovanni Razzu

Tuesday 29 May, Session II: Physical Safety

Chair: Rosemary Thorp
Paper Author: Rachael Diprose
Presentation: Alex Butchart
Discussant: Kasirim Nwuke
Materials: shortlist, Full Paper, PDF of PowerPoint Alex Butchart

Tuesday 29 May, Session III: Empowerment and Agency

Chair: Minquan Liu
Paper Author: Solava Ibrahim
Presentation: Deepa Narayan
Discussant: David Hulme
Materials: shortlist, Full Paper, PDF of PowerPoint Solava Ibrahim and Deepa Narayan

Tuesday 29 May, Session IV: Psychological and Subjective Wellbeing

Chair: Paper Author: Emma Samman
Presentation: Laura Camfield
Discussant: Geeta Kingdon, Tania Burchardt
Materials: shortlist, Full Paper, PDF of PowerPoint Laura Camfield

Wednesday 30 May, Session V: Employment

Chair: Barbara Harriss-White
Paper Author: Maria Ana Lugo
Presentation: Grace Bediako
Discussants: N.S. Sastry, Sylvester Young
Materials: shortlist, Full Paper, PDF of PowerPoint Grace Bediako, PDF of PowerPoint Sylvester Young

Wednesday 30 May, Session VI: The Ability to go about without Shame

Chair: Michael Walton
Paper Author: Diego Zavaleta
Presentation: Jaqui Goldin
Discussants: Kim Samuel Johnson, Luis Quiroga
Materials: shortlist, Full Paper, PDF of PowerPoint I Jaqui Goldin, PDF of PowerPoint II Jaqui Goldin, PDF of PowerPoint Luis Quiroga

Wednesday 30 May, Public Seminar

Chair: Sudhir Anand
Presentation: Sabina Alkire, Solava Ibrahim, Rachael Diprose, Emma Samman, Diego Zavaleta, Maria Ana Lugo
Discussants: François Bourguignon, Stephan Klasen, Francesca Perucci
Materials: watch video, PDF of OPHI Presentation PowerPoint

Wednesday 30 May, Public Lecture: What Theory of Justice

Chair: Vice Chancellor
Presentation: Amartya Sen
Discussant: Barbara Harriss-White
Materials: watch video

One page overview of the workshop May 31 – June 1, 2007

Thursday 31 May, Session I: What Space for New Economic Approaches?

Chair: Ian Goldin
Participants: Michael Spence, Amartya Sen
Materials: watch video

Thursday 31 May, Session II: Directions for Research in Multidimensional Welfare Economics

Chair: Frances Stewart
Presentation I: Tony (A.B.) Atkinson
Presentation II: François Bourguignon
Materials: watch video

Thursday 31 May, Session III: Multidimensional Poverty: A Measure

Chair: Michael Spence
Paper: James Foster
Technical notes: Maria Ana Lugo “Multidimensional Poverty”
Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti “Fuzzy Set theory Union and Intersection”
Materials: PDF of PowerPoint James Foster, PDF of PowerPoint Maria Ana Lugo, PDF of PowerPoint Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti

Thursday 31 May, Session IV: Towards a Theory of Capability Comparison

Chair: Sabina Alkire
Paper: Prasanta Pattanaik
Technical notes: Achin Chakraborty, Reiko Gotoh
Materials: Paper of Reiko Gotoh, PDF of PowerPoint Achin Chakraborty

Friday 1 June, Session V: Aggregation Methods

Presentations: Jose Manuel Roche “factor analysis”, Proochista Ariana “survey-based weights”, John Bosco Ki “dominance approaches”
Materials: Paper of Jose Manuel Roche, PDF of PowerPoint Jose Manuel Roche, PDF of PowerPoint Proochista Ariana

Friday 1 June, Session VI: Preferences

Chair: Ian Goldin
Presentations: Nuno Martins “neuro economics”, David Huffman and Uwe Sunde “experimental economics”, Sebastian Silva Leander “adaptive preferences”
Materials: Paper of Nuno Martins, PDF of PowerPoint David Huffman and Uwe Sunde, PDF of PowerPoint Sebastian Silva Leander

Friday 1 June, Session VII: Research Agenda and Process

Chair: Randy Spence
Speakers: James Foster, Prasanta Pattanaik and others.

Multidimensional Poverty & Inequality: New Methods & Research Directions

14-16 June 2010, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, UK

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.

Workshop participants and biographies

Powerpoints from the workshop are available below.

14 June

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Introduction to OPHI
James Foster

Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI): Methodology and Results for 104 countries
Sabina Alkire and Maria Emma Santos

Public Lecture: Multidimensional Inequality Measurement and the Inequality Adjusted Human Development Index
François Bourguignon

15 June

Multidimensional Poverty: Further Analyses and Methods
Suman Seth (Decompositions by region and ethnicity)
Mauricio Apablaza & Gaston Yalonetzky (Trends in MPI)
Jose Manuel Roche (Types of Multidimensional Poverty)
Sarah Valenti & Indrajit Roy (Ground reality check: MPI stories from the field)

Arif Naveed (Estimated MD Poverty & identifying the poor in Pakistan)
Kristof Bosmans (MD poverty with cardinal and ordinal attributes)
Florent Bessons (MD poverty with cardinal and ordinal attributes)

A household-based Human Development Index
Stephan Klasen

Designing the Inequality Adjusted Human Development Index
Sabina Alkire and James Foster

Research Directions in Multidimensional Poverty
Sonia Bhalotra, Francois Bourguignon, Conchita D’Ambrosio, Stefan Dercon,  Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva, Valpy Fitzgerald, Anne-Catherine Guio, David McLennan, Brian Nolan, Frances Stewart (5 – 10 minute presentations each)

16 June

Estimating Multidimensional Poverty and Identifying the Poor in Pakistan
Arif Naveed
Discussants: Nicolas Ruiz and Chrysanthi Hatzimasoura

Trends in Multidimensional Poverty Index in 13 Countries
Mauricio Apablaza and Gaston Yalonetzky

Multidimensional Poverty Measures with Ordinal and Cardinal Attributes
Kristof Bosmans
Discussants: James Foster and Conchita D’Ambrosio

Multidimensional Poverty Measurement without the Strong Focus Axiom
Florent Bresson
Discussants: Gaston Yalonetzky and Indranil Dutta