Arndt, Channing Mahrt, Kristi Hussain, M. Azhar Tarp, Finn
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WIDER Working Paper No. 2017/76
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.
first-order dominance multidimensional welfare measurement sub-Saharan Africa Demographic and Health Survey human rights-based approach