Poverty is classically measured as a function of the gap between people’s incomes and a given threshold, the so called poverty line. This amounts to assuming that income is a good proxy for material well-being. This assumption has since long been challenged, on the ground that markets may not be perfect, people may face different prices, some goods may not be marketable, or well-being also depends on personal goods, like health. This calls for multidimensional poverty measurement. Taking several dimensions into account, however, raises theoretical and empirical questions. The literature has recently addressed these questions.
On May 29 – 30 2012 a scientific conference dedicated to this subject will be held in Wavre, Belgium. The objective of the conference, financed by François Maniquet’s ERC advanced Grant, is to gather researchers active in that area. Given the similarity of methods, researchers active in theoretical and empirical developments of the measurement of multidimensional inequality have been invited, too.
More information on the conference and how to register can be found here: