Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/163059
Authors: 
Arndt, Channing
Mahrt, Kristi
Hussain, M. Azhar
Tarp, Finn
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2017/76
Abstract: 
The rights-based approach to development targets progress towards the realization of 30 articles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Progress is frequently measured using the multidimensional poverty index. While elegant and useful, the multidimensional poverty index is in reality inconsistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights principles of indivisibility, inalienability, and equality. We show that a first-order dominance methodology maintains consistency with basic principles, discuss the properties of the multidimensional poverty index and first-order dominance, and apply the measures to 26 African countries. We conclude that the multidimensional poverty index and first-order dominance are useful complements that should be employed in tandem.
Subjects: 
first-order dominance
multidimensional welfare measurement
sub-Saharan Africa
Demographic and Health Survey
human rights-based approach
JEL: 
C81
D39
D63
I3
O12
O55
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-300-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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