NIT Rourkela Syllabus BTech Measurement of Poverty, Inequality and Human Development









NIT Rourkela Syllabus| B-Tech| Measurement of Poverty, Inequality and Human Development   








Measurement of Poverty, Inequality and Human Development   

Objective: This course aims at equipping students with the technical and substantive

dimensions of various measures of poverty, inequality and human development.

Contents:   Conceptual dimensions of poverty; deprivation and human development;

absolute and relative poverty measures; notions of chronic poverty and socio-economic

vulnerability with particular emphasis given to the role of health functioning and

capability deprivation; Economic inequalities in India; Measurement  of Human

Development Index (HDI),  Gender-related Development Index (GDI), Gender

Empowerment Measure (GEM), Human Poverty Index (HPI)   

Essential Reading:

1. Alkire, S. (2002) ‘Dimensions of human development’, World Development, vol

30, no 2, pp181–205

2. Anand, S. and Sen, A. (1997) ‘Concepts of human development and poverty: A

multidimensional perspective’, Human Development Papers, UNDP, New York

Supplementary Reading:

1. Atkinson, A. B. and Bourguignon, F. (2001) ‘Poverty and inclusion from a world

perspective’, in J. Stiglitz and P.-A. Muet (eds) Governance, Equity and Global

Markets, Oxford University Press, Oxford

2. Foster, J. E. (2006) ‘Inequality Measurement’, in D. Clark (ed.) The Elgar

Companion to Development Studies, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham

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