Title: Quantifying the qualitative: Eliciting expert input to develop the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool
Authors: COHEN AlasdairSAISANA Michaela
Citation: JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES vol. 50 no. 1 p. 35-50
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC74753
ISSN: 0022-0388
URI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220388.2013.849336#.U3DWZ1cf1OJ
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC74753
DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2013.849336
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This article discusses techniques and lessons learned from the participatory development of the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) in China and India in order to contribute to the growing literature on expert elicitation for indicator development. The core of the articles discusses the use of expert elicitation to inform MPAT’s household and village survey construction, survey response valuation and the weighting scheme design. Analyses of expert inputs were also employed to explore alternative valuation and aggregation approaches. The article concludes with a word on the potential pitfalls of ‘expertise’ in development, a discussion of why MPAT is not aggregated into an index, and a word on using MPAT results to set local-level poverty lines.
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