OPHI-HDCA Summer School 2009: Capability and Multidimensional Poverty

OPHI Summer School
Thursday 27th August 2009 - Tuesday 08th September 2009
09:00 - 17:00 BST
Lima, Peru

Co-organised by OPHI and the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) 

Taught by: OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and OPHI Researchers and Colleagues. 

The purpose of this intensive summer school was to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and statistical analysis. The 2009 summer school attracted a large number of researchers and practitioners from Latin America, including members of the statistics office of Paraguay, the Planning Office of Bolivia, the Latin American Regional team of the UNDP and a team from the Inter American Development Bank. Other countries represented include Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela and a number of European countries. PowerPoint presentations, lecture videos, problem sets, exercises, and reading lists are available via the class links below. 


  1. Unidimensional Inequality Measurement and Dominance
  2. Unidimensional Poverty Measurement
  3. Poverty Orderings
  4. Statistical Tests for Unidimensional Dominance
  5. Introduction to the Capability Approach
  6. Normative Issues in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement
  7. Multivariate Data Reduction Techniques
  8. Multidimensional Poverty: Properties and Measurement
  9. Multidimensional Dominance
  10. Robustness in Weighting
  11. Multidimensional Inequality Measurement
  12. Inequality Adjusted HDI
  13. Vulnerability
  14. Latent Variable Model with Multiple Indicators (MIMIC Model)
  15. Missing Dimensions
  16. Fuzzy Sets Approach