Since the launch of the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in July 2010, several blogs and papers have emerged that debate and clarify the value of the MPI and the methodology that underpins it. Below you can read a number of articles and blog posts, along with responses by OPHI researchers to the issues that have been raised.
Journal of Economic Inequality
- ‘Understandings and Misunderstandings of Multidimensional Poverty Measurement,’ Sabina Alkire and James Foster – July 2011 (also published as OPHI Working Paper 43)
- ‘On Multidimensional Indices of Poverty,’ Martin Ravallion – July 2011
- ‘Where Did Identification Go?’ Sabina Alkire, James Foster and Maria Emma Santos – September 2011 – a direct response to ‘On Multidimensional Indices of Poverty’ (also published as OPHI Working Paper 43b)
- Other articles contributing to the debate
- Experts such as Sir Tony Atkinson and François Bourguinon, share their views on MPI.
- Initial post by Martin Ravallion, Director of the Development Research Group, World Bank
- Response by Sabina Alkire, OPHI Director, and subsequent entries; further exchanges by authors
World Bank Blog
- Subsequent discussion of MPI
- Response by James Foster, Professor at George Washington University and OPHI Research Associate
- World Bank Policy Research Working Paper by Martin Ravallion that engages MPI
- OPHI’s briefing on the robustness of the MPI to a range of weights
German Development Institute (DIE) website
- A Response to Nicole Rippin OPHI’s research team responds to a briefing paper published on the DIE website
La Jornada, Mexico
- A Response to Julio Boltvinik Maria Emma Santos and Diego Zavaleta respond (in Spanish) to an article by the Mexican politician and academic that was published in La Jornada.