Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty

Theory and Case Studies

  • Louis-Marie Asselin

Part of the Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being book series (EIAP, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Louis-Marie Asselin
      Pages 3-6
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  3. Case Studies

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 165-210

About this book


This book puts forward an operational methodology for measuring multidimensional poverty, independent from the conceptual origin, size and qualitative as well as quantitative nature of the primary indicators used to describe the poverty of an individual, household or socio-demographic entity. It allows for the integration of the sets of techniques already available or forthcoming in the area of income poverty into the analysis of multidimensional poverty. The core of the methodology rests on a solution to the issue of aggregation across the multiple sub-dimensions of poverty. The rationale of the proposed solution is based on the exploration of the internal structure of association between these sub-dimensions of poverty. The author illustrates the conceptual debates on the dimensions of poverty and on the measurement methodologies with empirical studies showing the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches by dividing the book into two parts. The first part, which is theoretical, develops the rationale underlying the proposed methodology with numerical examples. The second part presents two case studies, one from Vietnam and the other from Senegal, using the methodology outlined in the first part. Both case studies are based on large household surveys implemented by the different national statistical offices. The unique structure of this book makes it practical for use by poverty and policy researchers, professionals in international development, and graduate students interested in poverty and inequality.


IDRC Income Poverty Integration MCA Technique Methodologie Multidimensional Poverty Measurement Poverty and Economic Policy (PEP) Network Senegal Vietnam

Authors and affiliations

  • Louis-Marie Asselin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Mathématique GaussLévisCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-0905-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-0843-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-107X
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-1088
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