"Measuring poverty around the world" - Tony Atkinson’s new book

Forthcoming Event

Date
15 October 2019, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Registration Required

Location
Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

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The persistence of poverty - in rich and poor countries alike - is one of the most serious problems facing humanity. But what is poverty and how much of it is there around the globe?

John Micklewright will present Professor Sir Tony Atkinson's new book, Measuring Poverty around the World, which he and Andrea Brandolini edited after Sir Tony's death.

The book talk will be followed by a discussion

  • Professor Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
  • Andrea Brandolini, Head, Statistical Analysis Directorate, DG Economics, Statistics and Research, Bank of Italy
  • Professor John Micklewright, Professor Emeritus, UCL
  • Professor Brian Nolan, Lead Researcher, Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity

There will be a drinks reception and book sale after the talk, all welcome

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About the book

In this Measuring Poverty around the World, his final book, economist Anthony Atkinson, one of the world’s great social scientists and a pioneer in the study of poverty and inequality, offers an inspiring analysis of a central question: What is poverty and how much of it is there around the globe? The persistence of poverty - in rich and poor countries alike - is one of the most serious problems facing humanity. Better measurement of poverty is essential for raising awareness, motivating action, designing good policy, gauging progress, and holding political leaders accountable for meeting targets. To help make this possible, Atkinson provides a critically important examination of how poverty is - and should be- measured.

Bringing together evidence about the nature and extent of poverty across the world and including case studies of sixty countries, Atkinson addresses both financial poverty and other indicators of deprivation. He starts from first principles about the meaning of poverty, translates these into concrete measures, and analyzes the data to which the measures can be applied. Crucially, he integrates international organizations’ measurements of poverty with countries’ own national analyses.

Atkinson died before he was able to complete the book, but at his request it was edited for publication by two of his colleagues, John Micklewright and Andrea Brandolini. In addition, François Bourguignon and Nicholas Stern provide afterwords that address key issues from the unfinished chapters: how poverty relates to growth, inequality, and climate change.

The result is an essential contribution to efforts to alleviate poverty around the world.