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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Workshop: Advances in stochastic dominance for welfare analysis

The seminal contributions of Kolm and Atkinson showed four decades ago how the use of stochastic dominance (SD) could help understand and compare distributions of welfare. Initially used in economics for the analysis of choice in risky environments, SD has proved to be particularly useful in those contexts in which it is difficult to agree on the measurement either of individual or of social welfare. The literature subsequent to Kolm's and Atkinson's contributions has substantially broadened the applicability of SD from inequality to social welfare, progressivity, vertical equity, poverty, horizontal equity, segregation, mobility, pro-poorness and polarization. The set of distributions of interest has also broadened; the focus now bridges both distributions of monetary indicators of welfare and multivariate distributions of quantitative and qualitative variables, with particular relevance to the study of developing countries.

In spite of its relevance and of the significant number of related publications, the approach is nevertheless only rarely used outside academia, although it may be of considerable advantage for the design of policy.

The main objective of this workshop is to review the current state of the art with respect to the use of SD techniques within the field of economic wellbeing and to shed light on recent theoretical and empirical advances using these techniques. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to discuss how the use of SD techniques can be promoted outside academia, in particular for the design of development policy.

Papers linking research and policy are particularly welcome.

Keynote speakers:

James Foster (Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University),

Alain Trannoy (EHESS and Aix-Marseille School of Economics).


Submission process:

Submissions of complete papers, in pdf format, are expected by July 1st, 2014. Submissions should be sent to Kelly Labart at Acceptance notes with detailed information will be sent by July 20, 2014.


Participation expenses (including travel expenses and accommodation) at the workshop will be covered for those invited to present papers. Travel expenses and accommodation shall be borne by other participants.

The workshop will be held at the Ecole d'Economie of the University of Auvergne and Ferdi. Presenters will be asked to comment on one of the other papers.

The workshop is organized as part of FERDI's program on Innovative Development Indicators. It will be preceded by a half day conference in Paris on September 17 where new indicators of welfare will be discussed. For additional information about this conference, please contact Kelly Labart at

Scientific committee: Gordon Anderson (University of Toronto), Conchita d'Ambrosio (INSIDE, University of Luxembourg), Florent Bresson (CERDI, University of Auvergne), Vianney Dequiedt (CERDI, University of Auvergne), Jean-Yves Duclos (CIRPEE, Laval University and Ferdi), Gaston Yalonetzky (University of Leeds)

HDCA’s Children, Education, and Health & Disability Thematic groups’ joint Webinar on: “Psychotropic Kids: navigating children’s right to health and right to refuse treatment in contexts of poverty”

HDCA’s Children, Education, and Health & Disability Thematic groups invite you to a joint webinar on:

“Psychotropic Kids: navigating children’s right to health and right to refuse treatment in contexts of poverty”

By China Mills

Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

Tuesday May 6th, 2014

2:00 to 3:00pm in London

6:30 to 7:30pm in Delhi

9:00 to 10:00am Eastern Standard Time

The Webinar: China Mills will present a paper that explores the tensions between children’s right to access psychiatric treatment, and their right to refuse treatment, within growing advocacy (from the World Health Organization and the Movement for Global Mental Health) to ‘scale up’ access to psychotropic drugs for children in the global South. It will map the physical, psychological and socio-political effects of increasingly global psychotropic interventions into (poor) children’s lives, reading this alongside a growing pathologisation of, and pharmaceutical interventions into, poverty.


Speaker’s Bio: China Mills is a Research Officer at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). She has published widely and is the author of the book titled ‘Decolonizing Global Mental Health: The Psychiatrization of the Majority World’, Routledge, London and New York. She has carried out research into the social determinants of mental health globally, and has been a visiting lecturer at a number of universities. She completed a PhD, titled, ‘Globalising Disorders: Encounters with Psychiatry in India’ at Manchester Metropolitan University, conducting fieldwork in India. At OPHI, she works on Social Isolation and Shame and Humiliation as part of the Missing Dimensions of poverty analysis programme.


The webinar will be moderated by Mario Biggeri, Caroline Hart and Sophie Mitra.

Overcoming Intolerance: Nussbaum and Her Critics conference

23-24 May 2014
St Mary’s College, Durham University

Conference speakers include: Thom Brooks (Durham), Clare Chambers (Cambridge), Maria Dimova-Cookson (Durham), Phillip Horky (Durham), Peter Jones (Newcastle), Maleiha Malik (KCL), Mozaffar Qizilbash (York), Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), Sara Protasi (Yale)

Overcoming Intolerance: Nussbaum and Her Critics is a two-day event that brings Professor Martha C. Nussbaum to Durham University. Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago and one of the leading political and legal philosophers today. She is the author of nearly 20 monographs, including The Fragility of Goodness (1986), Sex and Social Justice (1999), Women and Human Development (2000), Hiding from Humanity (2004), Frontiers of Justice (2006) and Creating Capabilities (2011) among many others.

This event examines these topics under the umbrella of ‘Overcoming Intolerance’ with a first day interrogating her recent The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (Harvard University Press, 2012). Nussbaum argues that we can rise about the politics of fear and toward a more open and inclusive future by expanding our capacity for empathetic imagination and establishing a consistent ethic of decency and civility building off of her past work. Conference speakers include Thom Brooks (Law, Durham), Clare Chambers (Philosophy, Cambridge), Peter Jones (Politics, Newcastle) and Maleiha Malik (Law, KCL). Martha Nussbaum will reply to each paper before the floor is opened for questions.

The second day is organized into two panels. The first focusses on the topic of ‘Capabilities and Political Liberalism’ which will be led by Mozaffar Qizilbash (PPE, York) and include Maria Dimova-Cookson (Government, Durham) with Martha Nussbaum. The second on ‘Civic Emotions and Combatting Intolerance’ which will be led by Sara Protasi (Philosophy, Yale) and include Phillip Horky (Classics, Durham) with Martha Nussbaum. Each roundtable discussions aimed at linking key themes in Nussbaum’s work to these broader issues and their wider implications.

Together, this two-day event brings together leading academics from across a diverse range of academic subjects to engage one of the most significant public intellectuals working today.

Conference registration includes lunch and teas/coffees for both days. (Delegates must make their own accommodation and dinner arrangements.)

The Conference Programme and Registration information can be found here:

The conference is generously funded by Durham Law School and several of its research groups (including the Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Centre; the Islam, Law and Modernity Group and the Law and Global Justice Group), the Institute of Advanced Studies, the Department of Philosophy and the School of Government and International Affairs all based at Durham University as well as Harvard University Press.

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