New OPHI working paper proposes a regional multidimensional poverty index

OPHI has published a new Working Paper 66 titled Measuring Multidimensional Poverty in Latin America: Previous Experience and the Way Forward by Maria Emma Santos. This paper states the need to design a multidimensional poverty index for the Latin America region (LA-MPI) that can monitor poverty trends in a cross-country comparable way, yet is also relevant to the particular regional context. Santos reviews the region’s rich experience with multidimensional poverty measurement, as well as Europe’s experiences with multidimensional measurement.  Drawing from the review, she outlines an LA-MPI composed of five dimensions: basic consumptions, education, health, housing and basic services, and work. The paper then lists the indicators within those dimensions that are desirable, as well as what indicators are feasible given existing data constraints.

You can read OPHI Working Paper 66 in full here.