Light and shade of multidimensional indexes: how methodological choices impact on empirical results.

Dr. Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, University of Pavia

The aim of this paper is to discuss and measure the impact on results of three main methodological assumptions in the construction of multidimensional indexes of poverty and well-being – namely, the transformation function, the aggregation procedure and the weighting system chosen. The empirical analysis is based on Jordan DHS (2002, 2007) datasets and integrated by a fieldwork conducted on a sample of students and development experts for eliciting information related to the relative weights attached to several well-being domains considered (education, health, housing, employment and personal security). A robustness analysis has been conducted quantifying the relative and global impact of different combinations of these three methodological choices on poverty estimates both at national and sub-national level. Paper written with Nadia Von Jacobi.

About the speaker
Dr. Enrica Chiappero Martinetti is full Professor at the Faculty of Political Science at University of Pavia an Director of the Human Development, Capability and Poverty International Research Centre (HDCP-IRC), at the Institute of Advanced Study. She is currently the vice-dean of the Faculty of Political Science and vice-director of the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia . Enrica is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Feltrinelli Foundation, Milan; the Regional Think-Tank on Social Exclusion ORES, Milan, and the Master Programme on Cooperation and Development, Institute for Advanced Study, Pavia. Enrica holds a PhD in Public Economics from University of Pavia and has been a visiting researcher at University of Harvard, visiting professor at University of Cambridge, and a visiting fellow at Von Hugel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. Between 2004-2008 and 2010-2011 Enrica was the Vice-president of the Human Development and Capability Association. She has been reviewer of papers for journals as the Journal of Human Development, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Economic Inequality, Feminist Economics, Journal of Social-Economics, Regional Studies, Global Public Health, Bulletin of Economic Research, Fuzzy Sets and Systems among others. Her areas of expertise are: Poverty and income inequality analysis: theoretical and measurement issues; Multidimensional approach to poverty, inequality and development with special reference to the Capability Approach and Human Development; Quality of life and poverty in urban settings; Fuzzy sets theory and fuzzy logic applied to multidimensional poverty and well-being measurement; Micro-simulation models for income distribution and redistribution analysis and; Gender issues, in particular poverty and inequality, unpaid work, and female empowerment.

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 29 June 2012

Time: 10:30 - 11:30


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