Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis: Chapter 6 – Normative Choices in Measurement Design

Alkire, S., Foster, J. E., Seth, S., Santos, M. E., Roche, J. M., and Ballon, P. (2015). Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ch. 6.

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Sabina Alkire

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative

James E. Foster

George Washington University

Suman Seth

University of Leeds - Economics Division; University of Oxford - Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative

Maria Emma Santos

CONICET-UNS/IIESS and OPHI

Jose Roche

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative

Paola Ballon

University of Oxford; Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative

Date Written: January 15, 2015

Abstract

After a measurement methodology has been chosen, the design of poverty measures — whether unidimensional or multidimensional — require a series of normative choices. These choices relate to the space of the measure, its purpose, unit of identification and analysis, dimensions, indicators, deprivation cutoffs, weights, and poverty line. The normative contribution is not simply philosophical; it has a practical aim: to motivate action. This entails reasoned assessment of multiple considerations including feasibility, technical and statistical strength, ease of communication, and legitimacy. This chapter describes each of these normative choices in the context of multidimensional poverty measurement design. It clarifies the implications of each choice, illustrates interconnections between them, and outlines alternative ways that these choices might be understood, made, and justified.

Keywords: Space of poverty measurement, purpose of measurement, unit of analysis, choice of dimensions, selection of indicators, capabilities, deprivation cutoffs, weights, poverty cutoffs

JEL Classification: A13, I32, O20

Suggested Citation

Alkire, Sabina and Foster, James E. and Seth, Suman and Santos, Maria Emma and Roche, Jose and Ballon, Paola, Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis: Chapter 6 – Normative Choices in Measurement Design (January 15, 2015). Alkire, S., Foster, J. E., Seth, S., Santos, M. E., Roche, J. M., and Ballon, P. (2015). Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Analysis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ch. 6.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2564809

Sabina Alkire

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James E. Foster

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Suman Seth

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Maria Emma Santos

CONICET-UNS/IIESS and OPHI ( email )

12 de Octubre y San Juan
Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires 8000
Argentina

Jose Roche

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative ( email )

Queen Elizabeth House (QEH)
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United Kingdom

Paola Ballon (Contact Author)

University of Oxford ( email )

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United Kingdom

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Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative ( email )

University of Oxford
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