Beyond Headcount: Measures that Reflect the Breadth and Components of Child Poverty

Brief description: In this recording Jose Manuel Roche, OPHI Research Officer, introduces ‘Beyond Headcount: Measures that Reflect the Breadth and Components of Child Poverty’ a paper, co-authored with Sabina Alkire. His talk presents a new approach to child poverty measurement that reflects the breadth and components of child poverty. The Alkire and Foster method presented in this paper seeks to answer the question ‘who is poor’ by considering the intensity of each child’s poverty. His talk illustrates one way to apply this method to child poverty measurement, using Bangladeshi data from four rounds of the Demographic Health Survey covering the period 1997–2007. He argues that child poverty should not be assessed only according to the incidence of poverty but also by the intensity of deprivations that batter poor children’s lives at the same time.