Why Multidimensional poverty measures? 2010

Instructor: Sabina Alkire, OPHI Director

Class Objectives:

  • Conceptual and Philosophical arguments for multidimensional poverty measures
  • Empirical evidence of Uni vs. Multi-Dimensional Poverty
  • Examples of interest in multidimensional poverty measures in government agencies of different countries.

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Why Multidimensional poverty measures?

Reading List
Suggested basic readings on this topic:
ALKIRE, S. and M. E. SANTOS (2009), “Poverty and Inequality Measurement”, in DENEULIN, S. and SHAHANI, L. An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach, Chapter 6. London, Earthscan.
SEN, A. K. (2009), The Idea of Justice, Chapter 12, London, Allen Lane.
SEN, A. (1999), Development as Freedom, Oxford University Press. Chapter 4.
DUCLOS, J.-Y. and ARAAR, A. 2006. ‘Poverty and Equity Measurement, Policy, and Estimation with DAD’, Springer and IDRC, Berlin and Ottawa.
RUGGERI-LADERCHI, C., SAITH, R.  and F. STEWART (2003), “Does it Matter that we do not agree on the definition of poverty? A Comparison of Four Approaches.” Oxford Journal of Development Studies. 31:3 243-274.
ALKIRE, S. and S. SETH (2008), “Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and BPL Methods in India: A Comparison of Methods”. OPHI Working Paper No 15.
SANTOS, M.E. and K. URA (2008), “Multidimensional Poverty in Bhutan: Estimates and Policy Implications”. OPHI Working Paper No 14.
ALKIRE, S. and M. E. SANTOS (2010), “Acute Multidimensional Poverty: A new Index for Developing Countries”, OPHI Working Paper 38. United Nations (2003). Indicators for Monitoring the Millennium Development Goals, New York: United Nations.United Nations (2008). The Millennium Development Goals Report 2008. New York: United Nations.
OPHI (2010), Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index.
OPHI (2010), Mexico’s National Poverty Measure.