Third chapter of OPHI book on multidimensional poverty measurement now available

The third  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 three provides a constructive survey of the major existing methods for measuring multidimensional poverty, many of which have been motivated by the basic needs approach, the capability approach, and the social inclusion approach among others. The chapter reviews Dashboards, the composite indices approach, Venn diagrams, the dominance approach, statistical approaches, fuzzy sets, and the axiomatic approach used in the measurement of multidimensional poverty. After outlining the different methods, the chapter provides a critical evaluation of each by discussing their advantages and disadvantages as methodological tools.

‘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 three

Chapter three is available to download as an OPHI working paper and will be published electronically on the book website 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.

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

Electronic versions of all 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.