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


  • Nora Lustig


Poverty and well-being are multidimensional. Nobody questions that deprivations and achievements go beyond income. There is, however, sharp disagreement on whether the various dimensions of poverty and well-being can be aggregated into a single, multidimensional index in a meaningful way. Is aggregating dimensions of poverty and well-being useful? Is it sensible? Here 3 papers are summarized and contrasted that respond to 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. [Working Paper No. 262]. URL:[].

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  • Nora Lustig, 2011. "Multidimensional Indices of Achievements and Poverty: What Do We Gain and What and What Do We Lose?," Working Papers id:4380, eSocialSciences.
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