A new briefing note titled Are children among the poorest? by OPHI Researcher, Ana Vaz looks at how children are represented in households that are multidimensionally poor according to the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) of 2014. The Global MPI is an index of acute multidimensional poverty that assesses the nature and intensity of poverty at the individual level, by directly measuring the overlapping deprivations poor people experience simultaneously.
Using a sample of countries for which Global MPI was recently updated in 2014, the briefing note compares the age structure of the population and the age structure of the poor. The analysis shows that countries with highest levels of MPI tend to have a higher proportion of children under 10 years old, and a lower share of adults across the population. Additionally the briefing shows that the gap between the share of adults and the share of children under 10 among