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The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data: Introduction to the Special Issue

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  • Sabina Alkire

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The aim of this special issue is to draw attention to “missing dimensions” of poverty data—dimensions that are of value to poor people, but for which we have scant or no data. Amartya Sen frames development as the process of expanding the freedoms that people value and have reason to value. Although the most widely known measure of human development includes income, longevity and education, many have argued that people's values, and consequently multidimensional poverty, extend beyond these domains. In order to advance these multiple areas, it is at times necessary to conduct empirical studies using individual or household-level data on multiple dimensions of poverty. A critical barrier for international analyses of multidimensional poverty is that few or no high-quality indicators are available across countries and respondents in key domains that are deeply important to poor people and of potentially critical instrumental importance.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Oxford Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 35 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 347-359

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  1. Maria Santos, 2013. "Tracking Poverty Reduction in Bhutan: Income Deprivation Alongside Deprivation in Other Sources of Happiness," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 112(2), pages 259-290, June.
  2. van Staveren, I.P., 2011. "To Measure is to Know? A Comparative Analysis of Gender Indices," ISD Working Paper Series 2011-02, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
  3. Sanjay K. Mohanty, 2010. "Multidimensional poverty and the state of child health in India," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 38354, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  4. Esteban Puentes & Alejandra Abufhele, 2011. "Poverty Transitions: Evidence for Income and Multidimensional Indicators," Working Papers wp333, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
  5. Trani, Jean-François & Cannings, Tim I., 2013. "Child Poverty in an Emergency and Conflict Context: A Multidimensional Profile and an Identification of the Poorest Children in Western Darfur," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 48-70.
  6. Diego Battiston & Guillermo Cruces & Luis Lopez-Calva & Maria Lugo & Maria Santos, 2013. "Income and Beyond: Multidimensional Poverty in Six Latin American Countries," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 112(2), pages 291-314, June.
  7. Christian Nadjiarabeye BEASSOUM & Olivier BEGUY, 2012. "Pauvrete Des Capacites Au Tchad : Une Exploration Des Dimensions Manquantes Des Donnees Dans La Capitale N’Djamena," Working Papers PMMA 2011-17, PEP-PMMA.

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