9780199689491

Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-08-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography


Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford,James Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University,Suman Seth, Research Officer, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford,Maria Emma Santos, Assistant Professor, Departamento de Economia, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS) and Research Fellow, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET-IIESS), Bahia Blanca, and Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford,Jose Manuel Roche, Head of Research, Save the Children and Research Associate, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford,Paola Ballon, Research Officer, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford

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 multidimensional poverty measurement, and the measurement of well-being, gross-national-happiness, and agency/empowerment. She holds a DPhil in economics from the University of Oxford.


James E. Foster is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the George Washington University, and Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy in the Elliott School of International Affairs. He earned his PhD in economics from Cornell University, where he received the Selma Fine Goldsmith dissertation award. He is Research Associate at the OPHI and a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group in the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. In 2012 he was elected Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. Professor Foster's research focuses on welfare economics - using economic tools to evaluate and enhance the wellbeing of people. His joint 1984 Econometrica paper is one of the most cited papers on poverty. It introduced the FGT Index, which has been used in thousands of studies and was the basis for targeting the Progresa program in Mexico.

Suman Seth is a research officer with OHPI. He obtained a PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He has previously served as a consultant to the Regional Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean of UNDP, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has been closely involved with the team that developed the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). His primary interest lies in the area of development economics with special emphasis on measurement methodologies and policy-oriented applications of multidimensional welfare and poverty measures.


Maria Emma Santos is an Assistant Professor at Departamento de Economia, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS) and a Research Fellow at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET-IIESS), Bahia Blanca, Argentina. She is also a research associate at OPHI. She did her first degree in Economics at UNS (2002), her MA in Economic Development at Vanderbilt University (2005) and her Doctorate in Economics at UNS (2008). She spent two years (2008-2010) as a post-doc Research Officer at OPHI. Her main research interests are the measurement, determinants and analysis of multidimensional and chronic poverty, income inequality, and the quality of education.


Jose Manuel is Head of Research at Save the Children UK. He holds a DPhil from the University of Sussex and has over 20 years of research and consultancy experience in international development, poverty analysis, social inequality, human development, and the capability approach. He is also research associate at OPHI and is Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College. He is also Education Officer and Member of the Executive council (elected 2012-2015) of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA), coordinator of the Quantitative Research Thematic Group at the HDCA (since 2009) and research fellow at the Social Science Research Centre (CISOR) in Venezuela. He was awarded the 2007 Wiebke Kuklys Prize, and is a Chevening Alumni.


Paola Ballon is a research officer at OPHI. She is also an Invited Lecturer and Associate Researcher at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. She holds a PhD in econometrics from the University of Geneva. Her expertise is on multidimensional poverty measurement and econometric analysis of poverty and inequality. Her research interests comprise structural equation modeling, micro-econometrics, and development economics. She is a research-consultant for the Poverty Reduction Unit of the World Bank and a Senior Researcher for the Partnership of Economic Policy (PEP) Network. She has also been a researcher at the International Labour Office (ILO), at the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER), and at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). She is Member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Income and Wealth.

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