OPHI Summer School 2013: Multidimensional Poverty Analysis

OPHI Summer School
Monday 08th July 2013 - Friday 19th July 2013
09:00 - 17:00 BST
Washington DC, USA

Organised by OPHI and hosted at the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

The purpose of the 2013 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 learned about 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. 

The following topics were covered:

  • 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;
  • Data reduction techniques for measure design and analysis;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
  • Disparity among the poor and across groups;
  • Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty; and
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.


The summer school was led by the Researchers and Director of the OPHI, and included sessions by OPHI Research Associate and Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) Professor James Foster. OPHI instructors included Sabina Alkire, Paola Ballón, Maria Emma Santos, Mauricio Apablaza, José Manuel Roche, and Suman Seth.   


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