Multidimensional Poverty in Europe 2006–2012: Illustrating a Methodology

Multidimensional approaches to poverty and deprivation have a long and distinguished history in conceptual and philosophical work (Sen 1992). This chapter explores multidimensional poverty using EU-SILC data from 2006 to 2012. We calculate a multidimensional poverty index based on the Alkire Foster (AF) methodology – a widely used flexible methodology which can accommodate different indicators, weights and cut-offs. We draw on existing Europe 2020 indicators, as well as on indicators of health, education and the living environment. Aggregated and country cross sectional results are presented. A short analysis of dynamics of multidimensional poverty is also included.

Citation: Alkire, S. and Apablaza, M. (2016). “Multidimensional poverty in Europe 2006–2012: Illustrating a methodology.” OPHI Working Paper 74, University of Oxford.