Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis

Hardcover | July 4, 2015

bySabina Alkire, James Foster, Suman Seth

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Multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis is evolving rapidly. Notably, it has informed the publication of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) estimates in the Human Development Reports of the United Nations Development Programme since 2010, and the release of national povertymeasures in Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan, the Philippines and Chile. The academic response has been similarly swift, with related articles published in both theoretical and applied journals. The high and insistent demand for in-depth and precise accounts of multidimensional poverty measurement motivates this book, which is aimed at graduate students in quantitative social sciences, researchers of poverty measurement, and technical staff in governments and international agencies whocreate multidimensional poverty measures. The book is organized into four elements. The first introduces the framework for multidimensional measurement and provides a lucid overview of a range of multidimensional techniques and the problems each can address. The second part gives a synthetic introduction of "counting" approaches tomultidimensional poverty measurement and provides an in-depth account of the counting multidimensional poverty measurement methodology developed by Alkire and Foster, which is a straightforward extension of the well-known Foster-Greer-Thorbecke poverty measures that had a significant and lastingimpact on income poverty measurement. The final two parts deal with the pre-estimation issues such as normative choices and distinctive empirical techniques used in measure design, and the post-estimation issues such as robustness tests, statistical inferences, comparisons over time, and assessmentsof inequality among the poor.

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Multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis is evolving rapidly. Notably, it has informed the publication of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) estimates in the Human Development Reports of the United Nations Development Programme since 2010, and the release of national povertymeasures in Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan, the Phili...

Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. Her research and publications address conceptual work related to the capability approach and human development, the methodologies and applications of multidi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.1 inPublished:July 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Framework3. Overview of Methods for Multidimensional Poverty Assessment4. Counting Approaches: Definitions, Origins, and Implementations5. The Alkire-Foster Counting Methodology6. Normative Choices in Measurement Design7. Data and Analysis8. Robustness Analysis and Statistical Inference9. Distribution and Dynamics10. Some Regression Models for AF Measures