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Job Title: Research Officer
Contact Details: Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Oxford Department of International Development
Queen Elizabeth House (QEH), University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB.
Tel: 01865 271915
Email: suman.seth(at)


Suman Seth is a Research Officer with OPHI. He has a PhD in economics from Vanderbilt University, USA. He is an economist and has served as consultants to the Regional Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP, the Development Research Groups at the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. His primary interest lies in the area of Development Economics with special emphasis on measurement methodologies and policy-oriented applications of multidimensional welfare and poverty measures.

Areas of Expertise

Development Economics, Measurement of Multidimensional Welfare and Poverty, Applied Microeconomics, Microeconometrics


Ph.D. in Economics, Vanderbilt University, USA, 2010
M.Phil. in Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2007
M.Sc. in Economics, Calcutta University, Kolkata, India, 2002
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Economics, Bidhan Nagar College, Kolkata, India, 2000

Selected Publications


Alkire, S., Roche, J. M., Seth, S., and Sumner, A. (2014). “Identifying the Poorest People and Groups: Strategies Using the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index”. OPHI Working Paper 78, Oxford University.

Seth, S. and Alkire, S. (2014). “Did Poverty Reduction Reach the Poorest of the Poor? Assessment Methods in the Counting Approach.” OPHI Working Paper 77, Oxford University.

Seth, S. and Alkire S. (2014). ‘Measuring and Decomposing Inequality among the Multidimensionally Poor Using Ordinal Data: A Counting Approach.’ OPHI Working Paper 68.


Alkire, S. and S. Seth (2013), Multidimensional Poverty Reduction in India between 1999 and 2006: Where and How?, OPHI WP 60, 2013.

Alkire, S and S. Seth (2013), Selecting a Targeting Method to Identify BPL Households in IndiaSocial Indicators Research, 112 (2) (2013) pp. 417-446, also published as OPHI WP 53, August 2012.

Seth, S. (2013), A Class of Distribution and Association Sensitive Multidimensional Welfare IndicesJournal of Economic Inequality, 11 (2), p. 133-162, also published as OPHI WP 27.

Foster, J. E., M. McGillivray, and S. Seth (2013), Composite Indices: Rank Robustness, Statistical Association, and Redundancy, Econometric Reviews, 32 (1), p. 35-56, also published as OPHI WP 26.

Alkire, S and S. Seth (2013), Identifying BPL Households: A Comparison of Methods, Economic and Political Weekly, XLVIII (2), 49-57, published also as OPHI WP 54.


Seth, S. (2009), Inequality, Interactions, and Human Development, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol. 10 (3), 375-396, also published as OPHI WP 23.

Seth, S. (2009), Collecting capability data on the basis of existing surveys: The case of India, Maitreyee, 14, 7-10.


Alkire S. and S. Seth (2008), Determining BPL Status: Some Methodological Improvements, Indian Journal of Human Development, 2 (3), 407-424.

Alkire, S. and S. Seth (2008) Measuring Multidimensional Poverty in India: A New Proposal, published as OPHI WP 15.

Blumstein J., M. Cohen, and S. Seth (2008), Do Government Agencies Respond to Market Pressures? Evidence from Private Prisons, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, 15 (3), 446-477.


Social Science Dissertation Fellowship, College of arts and science, Vanderbilt University, 2009-2010

Wiebke Kuklys Prize 2008 for the best paper presented by a graduate student, Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) Annual Conference, September 2008

Kirk Dornbush Summer Research Award, Vanderbilt University, Department of Economics, Summer 2007

Curriculum Vitae

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