The OPHI Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis was organized by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), an economic research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford on 11-23 August 2014.
Aiming to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method, the following topics were covered throughout the Summer School:
- Axiomatic approaches to unidimensional and multidimensional poverty;
- Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty – dashboard, stochastic dominance, information theory, fuzzy set, multiple correspondence analysis, unmet basic needs and counting approaches – and the problems each methodology best solves;
- The Alkire Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
- Selection of parameters – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
- Data reduction techniques for measure design and analysis;
- Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
- Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
- Disparity among the poor and across groups;
- Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty; and
- Institutions, policies, and communication
Throughout the summer school which requires intensive commitment, the participants, including Mrs. Zehra Zumrut Selcuk from SESRIC, have been offered the first opportunity to learn from the draft book on Multidimensional Poverty: Measurement and Analysis. Participants were also actively involved in discussions and working through problem sets.
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