OPHI Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis ~ Washington, DC, USA – July 2013
Organised by OPHI and hosted at the International Institute for Economic Policy (IIEP)
George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA ~ 8-19 July 2013
The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to some techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty with a strong emphasis on the Alkire Foster method. Participants will revise axiomatic poverty measures, and will learn about different techniques of multidimensional poverty measurement and which problems they are best suited to solve. The empirical motivation for measuring multidimensional poverty will be presented as well as the conceptual motivation, drawing on Amartya Sen’s capability approach.
The following topics will be covered:
- Axiomatic approaches to unidimensional and multidimensional poverty;
- Methodologies to analyse multidimensional poverty – dashboard, stochastic dominance, information theory, fuzzy set, multiple correspondence analysis, unmet basic needs and counting approaches – and the problems each methodology best solves;
- The Alkire Foster methodology of multidimensional poverty measurement;
- Selection of parameters – purpose, unit of measure, dimensions, indicators, cut-offs and weights;
- Data reduction techniques for measure design and analysis;
- Subgroup decomposition and mapping;
- Multidimensional poverty dynamics;
- Disparity among the poor and across groups;
- Econometric analysis of multidimensional poverty; and
- Institutions, policies, and communication.
The summer school will be led by the Researchers and Director of the OPHI, and will include sessions by OPHI Research Associate and Director of the International Institute for Economic Policy (IIEP) Professor James Foster. OPHI instructors include Sabina Alkire, Paola Ballón, Maria Emma Santos, Mauricio Apablaza, José Manuel Roche, Suman Seth, and Diego Zavaleta.
The summer school will consist of ten and a half days of instruction and working group sessions, taught in English. Each participant needs to bring a laptop with STATA with them to do the problem sets. Throughout the summer school, participants will be actively involved in discussions and working through problem sets, and will be invited to present their research work as well as to share their experiences.
Dates and Location:
The course is Monday 8th to Friday 19th July 2013, with a final exam on 20th July (non compulsory). Classes will be at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA.
The course fee is varied as follows:
- $750 USD for all students, and for academic researchers based in developing countries;
- $1500 USD for professionals based in developing countries; and
- $2500 USD for professionals based in developed countries
In addition, participants will need to pay for accommodation, meals ($25/per day for modest fare), and travel fares (and cost of STATA software program). Additionally, kindly note, the American visa application fee is $160 USD. For information on scholarships please see below.
For the 2013 preliminary programme, please click here.
COURSE APPLICATION INFORMATION
|Audience||The summer school is addressed to those who are working on, or actively interested in gaining skills in multidimensional poverty measurement, particularly academics, professionals, and post-graduate students. Applicants who are already at the stage of pursuing a research project or work on measurement are particularly welcome. Other applicants having a demonstrated research interest in empirical analysis in these topics can be considered on the basis of their experience and space availability.|
|Pre-requisites||A demonstrable knowledge of STATA is an absolute pre-requisite for attending the course. Every attendant to the summer school will need to have STATA 10 or higher installed in his/her laptop. The software is not provided by the summer school.Where possible, participants should have a strong knowledge in quantitative methods (e.g. econometrics, statistics, etc), and a strong interest in poverty measurement and analysis.|
|Financial Support||Limited partial and full financial support will be available. Competition for financial support will be very strong; however well qualified and committed applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants are also highly encouraged to seek support from their local government and institutions. We would be happy to provide support letters for funding applications.|
|Application Form||Applications for our Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty Analysis have now closed.|
|Important Dates||1 April 2013 1st Acceptance Emails will be Sent|
|Questions?||Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org|