Online now: Chapter six of OPHI’s book on multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis

Chapter six  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.

The sixth chapter of the book describes the normative choices made in the design of a multidimensional poverty measure. It clarifies the implications of each choice, illustrates interconnections between them, and outlines alternative ways that these choices might be understood, made, and justified.

‘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 six

Chapter six is available to download as OPHI working paper number 87: Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis: Chapter 6 – Normative Choices in Measurement Design. 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 – five 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.