OPHI Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis 2014 ~ Oxford, UK

Organised by OPHI and hosted at the University of Oxford’s Department for International Development (ODID)
Oxford University, Oxford, UK ~ 11-23 August 2014

The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. Participants will revise axiomatic poverty measures, and will learn about different techniques of multidimensional poverty measurement and which problems they are best suited to solve. The empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty will be presented as well as the conceptual motivation, drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Axiomatic approaches to unidimensional and multidimensional poverty;
  • Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty – dashboard, stochastic dominance, information theory, fuzzy set, multiple correspondence analysis, unmet basic needs and counting approaches – and the problems each methodology best solves;
  • The Alkire Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
  • Selection of parameters – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
  • Data reduction techniques for measure design and analysis;
  • Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
  • Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
  • Disparity among the poor and across groups;
  • Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty; and
  • Institutions, policies, and communication.

The summer school will be led by the Researchers and Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), an economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. OPHI instructors include Sabina Alkire, Mauricio Apablaza, Mihika Chatterjee, Adriana Conconi, John Hammock, Bouba Housseini, Suman Seth and Ana Vaz.

You can see readings, presentations, exercises and other materials from last year’s Summer School here.

Course Format:
The summer school will consist of ten and a half days of instruction and working group sessions, taught in English. Each participant needs to bring a laptop with STATA with them to do the problem sets. Throughout the summer school, participants will be actively involved in discussions and working through problem sets, and will be invited to present their research work as well as to share their experiences.

Dates and Location:
The course runs from Monday 11th to Friday 22nd August 2014, with a final exam on 23rd August (non compulsory). Classes will be held at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB, United Kingdom.

The course fee is varied as follows:

  • $750 USD for all students, and for academic researchers based in developing countries;
  • $1500 USD for professionals based in developing countries; and
  • $2500 USD for professionals based in developed countries.

In addition, participants will need to pay for accommodation (from $49/night for a standard single to $69 USD/night for an en-suite single room at Magdalen College), meals ($25/day for modest fare), and travel fares (and cost of STATA software program). Additionally, kindly note, a UK visa may need to be applied for and obtained at the participants cost; more details can be found on the UK Border Agency website (www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk).

To apply, please complete the online application form at https://www.ophi.org.uk/ss2014-application

Course Application Information

Audience The summer school is addressed to those who are working on, or actively interested in gaining skills in, multidimensional poverty measurement; particularly, professionals, government officials, academics, and post-graduate students. Applicants who are currently pursuing a research project or work on measurement are particularly welcome. Other applicants having a demonstrated research interest in empirical analysis in these topics will be considered on the basis of their experience and space availability.
Prerequisites – A demonstrable knowledge of STATA is an absolute pre-requisite for attending the course. Every attendant at the summer school will need to have STATA 10 or higher installed on his/her laptop. The software is not provided by the summer school.
– Where possible, participants should have a strong knowledge of quantitative methods (e.g. econometrics, statistics etc.), and a strong interest in poverty measurement and analysis.
Financial Support Limited partial and full financial support will be available. Competition for financial support will be very strong; however, well qualified and committed applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants are also highly encouraged to seek support from their local governments and institutions. We would be happy to provide support letters for these funding applications.
Application Form To apply, please complete the online application form at https://www.ophi.org.uk/ss2014-application and submit a recent curriculum vitae (CV) and sample STATA .do file. The application process is competitive; applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided in their application.
Important Dates – 23 March 2014: Deadline for applicants requesting financial support
– 30 March 2014: Final deadline
– 15 April 2014: First acceptance emails will be sent starting from this date
Questions? Please write to Natasha Francis, natasha.francis@qeh.ox.ac.uk.