Transitions in Poverty and Deprivations: An Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty Dynamics

OPHI Working Papers

This paper explores a novel way to analyse poverty dynamics that are specific to certain measures of multidimensional poverty, such as the "adjusted headcount ratio" proposed by Alkire and Foster (2011a). Assuming there is panel data available, I show that a simultaneous and comprehensive account of transitions in deprivations and poverty allows complex interdependencies between dimensions in a dynamic context to be handled and, at the same time, allows for several advanced types of analyses. These analyses include (i) a decomposition of changes in multidimensional poverty, which reveals why poverty decreases or increases; (ii) a framework to examine and understand the relationship between the dashboard approach and dimensional contributions and multidimensional poverty in a dynamic setting; (iii) a presentation of methods that illuminate the process of the accumulation of deprivations. The suggested types of analyses are illustrated using German panel data. The implications for monitoring, policy evaluation and strategies for analyses using repeated cross-sectional data are discussed. 

Citation: Suppa, N. (2017). 'Transitions in poverty and deprivations: An analysis of multidimensional poverty dynamics', OPHI Working Paper 109, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

Also published online in Social Choice and Welfare, 2018, Vol. 51(2), pp. 235–258.

multidimensional poverty; poverty dynamics, Alkire-Foster method, dimensional breakdown, dashboard approach, SOEP

Transitions in Poverty and Deprivations: An Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty Dynamics

Nicolai Suppa
Series Name
OPHI Working Papers
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JEL Codes
I32, C33
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WP 109