Read online: Chapter eight of OPHI book on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement & Analysis available now

The eighth 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 eight of the book shows how to apply dominance and rank robustness tests to assess poverty comparisons as poverty cutoffs and other parameters changes. It presents ingredients of statistical inference, including standard errors, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. It also discusses how robustness and statistical inference tools can be used together to assert concrete policy conclusions. An appendix presents methods for computing standard errors, including the bootstrapped standard errors.

‘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 eight

Chapter eight is available to download as OPHI working paper number 89: Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis: Chapter 8 – Robustness Analysis and Statistical Inference. 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 – seven 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.