lunes, 30 de abril de 2012

Special Policy Forum – MPI 2011 Findings

On 7 December, OPHI released new MPI analysis for 2011 at a special policy forum in London, UK. 

Presentations of the new work by Sabina Alkire, José Manuel Roche and Suman Seth were followed by responses from Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University and Professor James Foster, George Washington University. The panel was chaired by Joanna Macrae.

Key findings for the MPI 2011:
  • Most MPI poor people live in middle-income countries – as do most ‘severely’ MPI poor people
  • 50% of the MPI poor people live in South Asia and 29% in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Income classifications hide wide disparities in MPI poverty: The percentage of MPI poor people in low income countries varies from 5% to 92%; in middle income, from 1-77%.
  • MPI varies within countries, sometimes greatly.
  • Poverty reduction over time varies by dimension and by region.

James E. Foster seminar on ‘New Frontiers in Poverty Measurement’

Watch a recording of Professor James E. Foster’s special seminar at the University of Oxford on New Frontiers in Poverty Measurement, April 30.  This special seminar was co-hosted by OPHI and the Department of Economics.

Download lecture slides for this presentation.

James E. Foster is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University and a Research Associate at OPHI. His research focuses on welfare economics — using economic tools to evaluate the well-being of people. His joint 1984 Econometrica paper is one of the most cited papers on poverty. The paper introduced the FGT Index, which has been used in thousands of studies and was the basis for targeting the Progresa/Oportunidades program in Mexico.