at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

Global Justice Program

Poverty and Gender Equity Measurement

Current indices of poverty and gender equity, such as those used by the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program, contain serious flaws. These flaws lead to incorrect assessments of policies and institutional arrangements and create incentives to misallocate scarce human development resources. This project works toward new measures of individual disadvantage that reflect the morally relevant aspects of a person’s situation, with particular attention to the gendered nature of poverty and the need to develop measures of deprivation that reveal gender disparities. The project tackles head-on the value judgments inevitably involved in measuring poverty and gender equity through a combination of ethical reflection and close attention to the actual situations and judgments of disadvantaged people. For more information, please see this article in PassBlue and the Measuring Poverty and Gender Disparity website.

The project is funded in part by a Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council. Led by Thomas Pogge, the project is a collaboration with several organizations: the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, the Crawford School of Economics and Government, and the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University, the International Women’s Development Agency, Oxfam Great Britain Southern Africa Office, the Philippines Health Social Science Association, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Oxfam America.