Summer School 2016
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 was hosted at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China, 1-13 August 2016.
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 got 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 was presented as well as the conceptual motivation, drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach.
- 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.
Pre-Summer School Readings
- ‘The Capability Approach to the Quality of Life’, Sabina Alkire (2008)
- ‘Counting and Multidimensional Poverty’, Sabina Alkire and James Foster (2009)
- ‘Training Material for Producing National Human Development Reports’, Sabina Alkire and Maria Emma Santos (2011)