Second chapter of OPHI book on multidimensional poverty measurement now available

The second 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 measurement, 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 two introduces the notation and basic concepts that are used to discuss multidimensional poverty. The chapter presents a review of unidimensional poverty measurement with particular attention to the well-known Foster-Greer-Thorbecke measures of income poverty. The authors define the issue of indicators’ scales of measurement, and also address issues of comparability across people and dimensions. The final section of the chapter explains different properties that have been proposed in axiomatic approaches to multidimensional poverty measurement, which enable the analyst to understand the ethical principles embodied in a measure.

‘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 two

Chapter two is available to download as an OPHI working paper and will be published online in January 2015.

Further information

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

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

Find out more about the book.