Workshop: Introduction to the Multidimensional Poverty Index

Aim The main aim of this course is to provide a conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of poverty measurement with a focus on the implementation of the Alkire and Foster multidimensional poverty measure.

1. At the end of this course, students will be able to understand the framework in which the multidimensional poverty measurement emerges and its relevance on the current state of the art.

2. Likewise, attendants will be able to adapt the Alkire and Foster multidimensional poverty method according to their own requirements and contexts.

3. Finally, the course will provide the tolls and knowledge necessaries to calculate and interpret the main statistics of the measure in a national or regional level.

Target Policy makers, technical experts in governmental agencies and civil society, academic and professional investigators involved in the measurement of poverty.
Dates 27th, 28th and 29th of April, Bangkok, Thailand
Venue Amari Watergate Hotel, 847 Petchburi Road, Bangkok 10400
Instructors Mauricio Apablaza
Researcher Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
Diego Zavaleta
Research Officer Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
Hours 18 hours (effective teaching)

The structure of the sessions will be as follows:
First Day: Comprehensive summary of the current state of the art, explanation of the Alkire & Foster methodology, and an intuitive description of the process. Target: All Public.

Second and Third Day: Design, adaptation and calculation of a multidimensional poverty indicator. Theoretical lessons will be complemented with empirical calculations (in groups) using a preconfigured database. Target: All Public, however, previous knowledge in Stata/Excel is recommended (an optional introductory session will be delivered at the end of the first day). Additionally, students are encouraged to bring their laptops with Stata (At least one per group).

Access Web page with restricted documents
Reading List (Ordered by topic)

Stiglitz, J. E., Sen, A., and Fitoussi, J.-P. (2009). Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. Available at

Alkire, S. (2005).Capability and Functionings: Definition & Justification. Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) briefing note. Available at

Alkire, S., and Santos, M. E. (2010).Acute Multidimensional Poverty: A New Index for Developing Countries. OPHI working paper series, 38. Available at Brief available at

Foster, J. E. (2010).A Report on Mexican Multidimensional Poverty Measurement. OPHI working paper series, 40. Available at

Alkire, S. (2008).Choosing dimensions: The capability approach and multidimensional poverty. The Many Dimensions of Poverty. N. Kakwani and J. Silber. New York, Palgrave Macmillan: 89-119.

Alkire, S., and Foster, J. E. (2011). Counting and multidimensional poverty measurement. Journal of Public Economics (forthcoming). Available at (OPHI working paper version)

Batana, Y. (2008), “Multidimensional Measurement of Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa”, OPHI working paper series, 13. Available at

Santos, M. E. and Ura, K. (2008), “Multidimensional Poverty in Bhutan: Estimates and Policy Implications”, OPHI working paper series, 14. Available at

Alkire, S. and S. Seth (2008), “Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and BPL Methods in India: A Comparison of Methods”. OPHI working paper series, 15. Available at

Alkire, S., M.E. Santos, S. Seth, and G. Yalonetzky (2010). Is the Multidimensional Poverty Index robust to different weights? OPHI Research in Progress. Available at

Duclos, J.-Y., Sahn, D. E., and Younger, S. D. (2006). Robust multidimensional poverty comparisons The Economic Journal, 116(514), 943-968.

Apablaza, M. and Yalonetzky, G. (2010). ‘Measuring the dynamics of multiple deprivations among children: the cases of Andhra Pradesh, Ethiopia, Peru and Vietnam’, OPHI Research in Progress. Available at

Ravallion, M. (2011). On multidimensional indices of poverty. World Bank Policy Research Working Papers, 5580 – On Multidimensional Indices of Poverty

Alkire, S. (2010). Multidimensional Poverty and its Discontents. OPHI Research in Progress. Available at

Multidimensional poverty website. Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. Available at