HDRO Conference Room
25 July 2009
Time: 12:30- 1:30 p.m.
Measuring poverty as the lack of capabilities and freedoms is intrinsically a difficult endeavor. One empirically feasible approach to the measurement of freedom might be to construct a set of ordered pairs of functionings and agency measures pertaining to each of the basic functionings relevant to the evaluative purpose, where those functionings have also been argued to be basic by virtue of their 1) special importance and 2) socially influenceability.
About the Speaker
Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. In addition, she is a Research Associate at Harvard and Secretary of the Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA). Her research interests include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, the capability approach, the measurement of freedoms and human development. Publications include ‘Valuing Freedoms: Sen’s Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction’, as well as articles in Philosophy and Economics. She holds a DPhil in Economics, an Msc in Economics for Development and an MPhil in Christian Political Ethics from Magdalen College, Oxford.
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