Now available: Chapter seven of OPHI’s book on multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis

The seventh chapter of OPHI’s forthcoming book, ‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis’, is now available to download as a working paper.

The book provides an in-depth account of multidimensional poverty comparison methodologies, with a particular focus on the Alkire Foster method. It is aimed at graduate students in quantitative social sciences, researchers of poverty measurement, and technical staff in governments and international agencies.

Chapter seven of the book introduces empirical issues that are distinctive to counting-based multidimensional poverty methodologies. The chapter covers the different types of data sources used for multidimensional measures: censuses, administrative records, and household surveys – as well as outstanding data needs. It also discusses distinctive issues to be considered when constructing the indicators to include in a multidimensional poverty measure. Finally the chapter presents some basic descriptive analytical tools that can prove helpful in exploring the relationships between different indicators, detecting redundancy, and informing measure design and analysis.

‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis’, by Sabina Alkire, James Foster, Suman Seth, Maria Emma Santos, José  Manuel Roche and Paola Ballon, will be published in hardcopy in June 2015 and can be pre-ordered from Oxford University Press.

Read chapter seven

Chapter seven is available to download as OPHI working paper number 88: Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis: Chapter 7 – Data and Analysis. It will also be published electronically on the book website,, in early 2015.

Further information

Chapter one of the book has been published online and is also available to download as an OPHI working paper.

Chapters two – six are available to download as OPHI working papers and will be published electronically in early 2015.

Electronic versions of all chapters will be made available on ahead of hardcopy publication, along with related study and teaching resources.

Find out more about the book.