Level of instruction:
Organised by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
University of Oxford at the University of Jordan, Amman Jordan
11 September - 20 September 2010,
The capability approach formulated by Amartya Sen, and further developed by the philosopher Martha Nussbaum and others provides a conceptual framework that grounds many multidimensional approaches to poverty and social protection, including the MDGs, PRSPs, rights-based development, integrated social policy, and other specific initiatives.
In the past few years, interest in multidimensional quantitative techniques of analysis has surged. New quantitative methodologies have been developed for measurement, comparisons, and analysis. Many more are still under development. It is a fast-moving area.
The purpose of this intensive summer school is to provide a thorough conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities, drawing on various techniques of multidimensional measurement and of statistical analysis.
The summer school will be jointly organized by Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative based at the University of Oxford. Five post-doctoral researchers from OPHI will also be present to teach the course. Please see www.ophi.org.uk
Who should apply:
Pre-requisites. The summer school teaches quantitative techniques, hence a demonstrable knowledge of stata is an absolute pre-requisite for attending the course, and exceptions will not be made. For those who are very familiar with SPSS, an online course on STATA must be completed prior to the summer school. Every attendant to the summer school will need to have STATA 9.2 or higher installed in his/her laptop. The software cannot be provided by the summer school. We have 2 spare laptops for 2 students who require them.
Audience: The summer school is primarily addressed to PhD students, post-docs and researchers (academic or professional) who are working on or actively interested in pursuing research on multidimensional poverty and capability measurement or analysis. Applicants who are already at the stage of pursuing a research project are particularly welcome. Other candidates having a demonstrated research interest in empirical analysis in these topics can be considered on the basis of their experience and space availability.
Participants are required to have a background in quantitative methods (econometrics, statistics) and should be familiar with the capability approach and social science research methods. As the participants will undertake problem sets in the course of the summer school, participants without these qualifications can not be accepted. The syllabus and background readings will be made available to participants prior to the summer school. Throughout the summer school, participants will be actively involved in discussions and problem-solving, and will be invited to present their research work as well as to share their experiences regarding different techniques of empirical analysis.
Format: The summer school will consist of 9 days of instruction and working group sessions plus one free day. Teaching sessions will cover: unidimensional poverty & inequality measures, multidimensional poverty and inequality measures, inequality of opportunity, poverty dynamics, human development indices, and econometric tools for the analysis of multidimensional poverty. The programme will further include problem sets and working group activities. Participants need to bring a laptop with them to do the problem sets.
Dates: 11 September - 20 September 2010. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the HDCA International Conference, 21-23 September 2010 ( www.hd-ca.org).
Venue: University of Jordan, Amman Jordan
Costs: The course fee is US$300 for students and academic researchers based in low income countries, as defined by the World Bank http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/DATASTATISTICS/0,,contentMDK:20420458~menuPK:64133156~pagePK:64133150~piPK:64133175~theSitePK:239419,00.html and US $750 for other participants. In addition, participants will need to pay for very simple accommodation and meals.
Financial At present unfortunately only very limited financial support is available,
Support although we are trying to obtain more funds. Therefore, participants who require financial support should indicate: a) if they require support for the fee; b) if they require support for the accommodation/board; c) if they require support for the ticket, and d) whether they are also attending the HDCA conference. They should specify the other sources of financial support they are seeking, and whether the financial support is essential or helpful. Competition for financial support will be strong; however well qualified and committed candidates are strongly encouraged to reply regardless of their financial situation.
PhD students should also provide an outline of their on-going research project (max. 500 words). The deadline for application is 14 May 2010. The Selection of candidates tends to be quite competitive. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided in their application. The candidates selected will receive an e-mail notification of the decision by 1 June of 2010 to allow time to secure visa and cheap air tickets.
Method of instruction:
conceptual and technical introduction to current literature and techniques of measuring and comparing capabilities
(OPHI) Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative
University of Jordan, Amman Jordan
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