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