Consolidating Progress in Multidimensional Poverty Research

  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•09•12    12:30 - 13:30

    Joint UNU-MERIT/Maastricht School of Governance Seminar: “Lost (in) Dimensions  Consolidating Progress in Multidimensional Poverty Research”

    Identifying, locating and profiling poor and deprived persons in an economy are the most basic imperatives for good social and economic policy design. Understanding why people are poor, remain deprived and pass on their unfortunate conditions and choices to the next generations is the immediate consequential research activity. Multidimensional poverty and deprivation estimates are important new tools in this undertaking, and more than a decade of multidimensional poverty and deprivation research has brought significant progress making analyses much richer.

    In this seminar, Prof. de Neubourg of UNICEF’s Office of Research Innocenti in Florence will presents a paper that reviews and combines the insights of the various contributions into a single, internally consistent framework, and adds an important element by emphasizing that persons experience various types of poverty and forms of deprivations simultaneously, thus recognizing that the experience of poverty is multifaceted and deprivations are interrelated. The framework creates conceptual clarity and overcomes the disadvantages of some earlier efforts: multidimensional poverty indices are “losing dimensions” by reducing the dimensions into a single figure; single dimension-based analyses have the tendency to get “lost in (the multitude of) dimensions”.

    For more information, see the Calendar or upcoming events page on the UNU-MERIT website.

    About the speaker

    Professor de Neubourg studied Economics, Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Antwerp and Leuven (KUL) and obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Groningen. As Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Maastricht University, he was also Director of the graduate program in International Economic Studies. He is founder of the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and was academic director of the school until September 2010. From September 2010 to August 2013, he was Chief of Social & Economic Research at UNICEF’s Office of Research Innocenti (Florence, Italy).