Distinguished OPHI Visiting Fellows

OPHI is fortunate in having the following distinguished Visiting Fellows and Research Associates this year:

James Foster: Visiting Fellow and Research Associate: Dr. Foster is Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University. His research with OPHI concerns measurement of poverty and well-being. Specific projects include papers on: measurement of multidimensional poverty, the notion of “external capabilities”, robustness of weights for multidimensional measures; measurement of chronic poverty; growth and inequality, and an overarching view of inequality as ratio of living standard. With Sabina Alkire he has co-authored a number of OPHI working papers.

Prasanta Pattanaik, Visiting Fellow and Research Associate: Dr. Pattanaik is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of California, Riverside. His current research interests lie mainly in the areas of welfare economics and the theory of social choice, decision theory and the measurement of deprivation and the standard of living. He is also interested in development economics and the methodology of economics.

Yele Batana, Visiting Fellow: Dr. Batana holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Laval University in Canada. His three month stint at OPHI centered on analyzing OPHI’s multidimensional poverty measure in Sub-Saharan Africa. This led to the working paper on Multidimensional Measurement of Poverty in Sub- Saharan Africa.

Jiantuo Yu, Visiting Fellow: Mr. Yu, who holds an MA degree in Economics from Nanjing University, is a Research Fellow and Assistant Director of the Center for Human and Economic Development Studies (CHEDS) at Peking University. His two month research at OPHI focused on multidimensional poverty in China.

Xiaolin Wang, Visiting Fellow: Dr. Xiaolin Wang has a D.Phil in Agricultural Economics and Management from China Agricultural University. He is currently an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Rural and Regional Development, China Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED), Ministry of Science and Technology in China. During his three month visiting fellowship at OPHI, he will take stock of the existing state of knowledge on multidimensional poverty in rural China and consider its possible policy implications for China.

Henar Diez Sanchez, Visiting Fellow: Professor Diez Sanchez teaches economics at the Universidad del Pais Vasco in Bilbao, Spain and is finishing her doctorate on inequality and poverty measurement. During her three month fellowship at OPHI ending in January, 2009 Diez Sanchez worked on her thesis and on revising “ The Bourguignon and Chakravarty Multidimensional Poverty Family: A Characterisation”, which she had presented in the 9th International Meeting of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare (Montreal, 2008).

Masood Sarwar Awan, Visiting Fellow: Dr. Awan has a Ph.D. in economics from University of Sargodha (Pakistan). He completed his Ph.D. course work at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) Islamabad. He is working as an Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Sargodha (Pakistan). At OPHI he is applying the Alkire and Foster (2007) methodology of multidimensional poverty to Pakistan, a first attempt toward multidimensional poverty analysis in Pakistan.