The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data: An Introduction

OPHI Working Paper 00 published in Oxford Development Studies, 35 (4), pp. 347−359, 2007

15 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2012

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Sabina Alkire

Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative

Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to draw attention to ‘missing dimensions’ of poverty data – dimensions that are of value to poor people, but for which we have scant or no data. Amartya Sen frames development as the process of expanding the freedoms that people value and have reason to value. Although the most widely-known measure of human development includes income, longevity, and education, many have argued that people’s values, and consequently multidimensional poverty, extends beyond these domains. In order to advance these multiple areas, it is at times necessary to conduct empirical studies using individual or household-level data on multiple dimensions of poverty. A critical barrier for international analyses of multidimensional poverty is that few or no high-quality indicators are available across countries and respondents in key domains that are deeply important to poor people and of potentially critical instrumental importance.

Keywords: Poverty, human development, data, survey methods, freedoms

JEL Classification: C8, I3, O15, Y20

Suggested Citation

Alkire, Sabina, The Missing Dimensions of Poverty Data: An Introduction (May 2007). OPHI Working Paper 00 published in Oxford Development Studies, 35 (4), pp. 347−359, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2118584

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