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Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis

Sabina Alkire, James Foster, Suman Seth, Maria Emma Santos, José Manuel Roche, and Paola Ballon


Multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis is evolving rapidly. Quite recently, a particular counting approach to multidimensional poverty measurement, developed by Sabina Alkire and James Foster, has created considerable interest. The publication of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) estimates in Human Development Reports of United Nations Development Programme since 2010, and national poverty measures released in Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan, and the Philippines have generated considerable interest. The academic response has been similarly swift, with related articles published in b ... More

Keywords: multidimensional poverty measurement, counting approaches, Foster–Greer–Thorbecke, axiomatic approaches, Multidimensional Poverty Index

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689491
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689491.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabina Alkire, author
Director, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford

James Foster, author
Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Suman Seth, author
Research Officer, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford