Yet more on the multi-dimensional poverty index (bored yet?):
1. The Economist is a fan (“the MPI is a step forward”)
2. Gabriel Demombynes at the World Bank answers Stefan Dercon’s question (what are you for, MPI?). The MPI is a marketing tool.
The general effect of launching a composite measure, such as the Corruption Perception Index or the Commitment to Development Index, is to focus attention on the subject matter. We’ll probably hear more people talking about multidimensional poverty in the next few months as a consequence of the MPI.
That is certainly true. Nice seeing you last week in Nairobi Gabriel!