Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
24 August – 3 September 2011
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.
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.
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 cannot 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-sets, and will be invited to present their research work as well as to share their experiences regarding different techniques of empirical analysis.
The summer school will consist of 10 days of instruction and working group sessions, taught in English. 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.
Wednesday 24 August to Saturday 3 September 2011. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the
First Annual Amartya Sen Lecture on the evening of 5 September and the HDCA International Conference, 6-8 September 2011 (www.hd-ca.org).
Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
The course fee is $750 USD for students and academic researchers based in low income countries, as defined by the World Bank and $1,500 USD for other participants. In addition, participants will need to pay for very simple accommodation and meals. There is no financial assistance available at this time.
To apply, please submit an application form (it can be downloaded at http://www.ophi.org.uk/teaching/short-courses/#summer2011
Send your CV and the application form to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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