Issues in the Analysis of Alkire-Foster Measure 2010

Instructor: Maria Emma Santos, OPHI Research Officer, Gaston Yalonetzky, OPHI Research Officer and Suman Seth,  OPHI Research Officer

Class Objectives:

  • Analysis of Trends in AF Measure
  • Decompositions by population subgroupsBreaks-down by dimension
  • Policy Implications
  • Robustness in weights, k-cutoffs and z-cutoffs


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a) Trend Analysis in Alkire and Foster M0 measure

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Decomposing the adjusted headcount ration

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Trend Analysis in Alkire and Foster M0 measure Exercises

b) Robustness Analysis with the Alkire Foster measures

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Robustness and dominance for the AF measures

Analysing Trends in AF Measures

Reading List
Suggested basic readings on this topic:
ALKIRE, S. and S. SETH (2008), “Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and BPL Methods in India: A Comparison of Methods”. OPHI Working Paper No 15.
BATANA, Y. (2008), “Multidimensional Measurement of Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa”, OPHI WP. N0 13.
BENNETT, C. and S. SINGH, (2010), “Multidimensional poverty: Measurement, Estimation and Inference”, manuscript.
SANTOS, M.E, LUGO, M. A., LOPEZ-CALVA, L. F., CRUCES, G., BATTISTON, D. (2010), “Refining the Basic Needs Approach: A Multidimensional Analysis of Poverty in Latin America’, Research on Economic Inequality, Chapter 1, Vol. 18, forthcoming.
SANTOS, M. E. and URA, K. (2008), “Multidimensional Poverty in Bhutan: Estimates and Policy Implications”, OPHI WP. 14
APABLAZA, M., OCAMPO, J.P., & YALONETZKY, G. (2010). ‘Decomposing Changes in Multidimensional Poverty in 10 Countries’, mimeo, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford.
ALKIRE, S. and M. E. SANTOS (2010), “Acute Multidimensional Poverty: A new Index for Developing Countries”, OPHI WP 38.

Further readings:
DUCLOS, J.Y. and R. DAVIDSON (2010), “Testing for Restricted Stochastic Dominance”, forthcoming Econometric Reviews.