OPHI Summer School 2017

Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, in partnership with the Moroccan High Commission of Planning (HCP), was held at Hotel Les Jardins de l’Agdal, 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. 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.

We are very grateful for the support of the Islamic Development Bank, SESRIC, UNICEF, UNDP, and all the other funders who enabled students to participate in the course. This year’s course included 80 participants from 36 different countries.

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 year’s summer school was part of pre-conference activities of the ISI World Statistics Congress 2017, held in Marrakech (Morocco) from 16 to 21 July 2017. Further information can be found on the conference website: http://www.isi2017.org

The summer school was led by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and the OPHI team including Adriana Conconi, Bouba Housseini,  Usha Kanagaratnam, Bilal Malaeb, Christian Oldiges, Monica Pinilla, and Nicolai Suppa.

Summer School 2017 Programme


Day 1 PDF
Multidimensional Poverty Measures: Motivations & Properties pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Unidimensional Poverty Measures pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 2
Multidimensional Poverty Methods & Counting Approaches pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Alkire Foster (AF) Methodology pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Case Study: the Global MPI pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 3
Introduction to the Capability Approach pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Normative Issues in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Design pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Case Study: the National MPIs pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 4
Data & Indicators pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 5
Measures of Association & Redundancy pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 7
Decomposition, Maps & Dimensional Breakdown pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 8
Sensitivity, Robustness Analysis & Standard Errors pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Changes over Time pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Day 9
Regression Analysis pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Impact Evaluation pdf-icon-transparent-background2
Interpreting & Communicating MPI Results pdf-icon-transparent-background2


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