OPHI Summer School 2019: Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis

Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, to be held with the support of CONEVAL at their headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico, in the summer of 2019. See www.ophi.org.uk and www.coneval.org.mx

The Summer School is addressed to those who are working on, or actively interested in gaining skills in, multidimensional poverty measurement, particularly professional staff of national offices of statistics and in government ministries that deal with poverty reduction, professionals from international development institutions, academics, and doctoral students. The Summer School will be led by OPHI Director Sabina Alkire and the OPHI team, including researchers and academics with extensive experience of developing Multidimensional Poverty Indices, and policy evaluation.

The purpose of this intensive Summer School is to provide a thorough technical and practical introduction to multidimensional poverty measurement with a strong emphasis on the Alkire-Foster method. Upon completing the course, students will have the skills required to construct and analyse an official national multidimensional poverty measure and to describe its policy relevance. Drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach and empirical examples of National and Global Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs), the conceptual and empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty will be presented, as well as the full suite of measurement tools.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Unidimensional poverty measures;
  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire-Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Measurement design – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Estimation of multidimensional poverty and interpretation of the results;
  • Subgroup decomposition, dimensional break-down and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty changes over time;
  • Interpretation and analysis of multidimensional poverty, including impact evaluation;
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.

Course Format:

The Summer School will consist of two weeks of instruction and working group sessions, taught in English. Each participant needs to bring a laptop with Stata to do the problem sets. Throughout the Summer School, participants will be actively involved in discussions and working through problem sets.

Dates and Location:

Dates will be confirmed shortly. The Summer School will be held at the offices of CONEVAL in Mexico City, Mexico. See www.coneval.org.mx

 Prices for the Summer School will be announced shortly.  Limited financial support may be available. Competition for any financial support will be very strong. However, well qualified and committed applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply.

 The application process will be open in early 2019. For any other information please contact: ophi-summerschool@qeh.ox.ac.uk