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Multidimensional Indices of Achievements and Poverty: What Do We Gain and What Do We

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  • Nora Lustig

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    (Department of Economics, Tulane University)

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Poverty and wellbeing are multi-dimensional. Nobody questions that deprivations and achievements go beyond income. There is, however, sharp disagreement on whether the various dimensions of poverty and wellbeing can be aggregated into a single, multi-dimensional index in a meaningful way. Is aggregating dimensions of poverty and wellbeing useful? Is it sensible? Here I summarize and contrast three key papers that respond these questions in strikingly different ways. The papers are: The HDI 2010: New Controversies, Old Critiques by Jeni Klugman, Francisco Rodríguez and Hyung-Jin Choi; Understandings and Misunderstandings of Multidimensional Poverty Measurement by Sabina Alkire and James Foster; and, On Multidimensional Indices of Poverty by Martin Ravallion.

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Paper provided by Tulane University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1121.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:tul:wpaper:1121

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Keywords: poverty measurement; multidimensional poverty; deprivation; axioms; Human Development Index; capabilities; substitutability; trade-offs; welfare; country classifications;

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