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Human Development &
Capability Association

Agency, Well-Being and Justice

ZIF Summer School 2017 – Universität Bielefeld

A Fuzzy Set Approach to Multidimensional Poverty Measurement

1-8 August 2017

We would like to cordially invite PhD and Post-Doc scholars to a Summer School at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research of the University of Bielefeld exploring the Fuzzy Set Approach as an alternative to Multidimensional Poverty Measurement. Experts in the field are recruited in order to provide the best knowledge and skills to the participants.

This summer school introduces to a multi-disciplinary audience of early stage researchers (PhD students & postdocs) the Fuzzy Set Approach, a cutting-edge alternative to traditional means of poverty measurement which goes beyond binary and monetarist models of poverty and offers new perspectives and methods of analysing the relative levels of welfare within and between societies. This summer school will broaden the access to this innovative method of poverty measurement and it will enable early stage social scientists to deepen their understanding of the concept and function of the Fuzzy Set Approach to multidimensional poverty measurement. Theoretical lectures and applied workshops with demonstrations of the theory and a number of hands-on exercises to test and refine the participants? understanding of the Fuzzy Set Theory will be combined. By the end of the summer school, young researchers are expected to have developed an in-depth understanding of how Fuzzy Set Approach measurement works, to be capable of using the Fuzzy Set Approach for their own purposes and to obtain a supportive interdisciplinary and international network for future collaborations.

This comprehends knowledge and skills on:

  • The state of the art of poverty measurement
  • The advantages of multidimensional poverty measurement with the Fuzzy Set Approach
  • The basics, the logic and structure behind the concept of multidimensional poverty measurement and Fuzzy Set Approach
  • Introduction to SAS
  • Introduction to the use of EU SILC Data including missing values
  • Fuzzy Set Approach for multidimensional poverty measurement using SAS and EUSILC (European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions) data
  • Short presentations on the participants research projects and supervision on statistical methods and research designs by experts

Participants have to cover their travel cost. Accommodation, breakfast and lunch is included.

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