Measuring Poverty and Inequality in the Global South

6 November 2018, 17:15 - 18:45

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Poornima Paidipaty (Cambridge)
Jason Hickel (Goldsmiths)


In this seminar, Dr Jason Hickel and Dr Poornima Paidipaty will critically discuss the dominant economic measurements used to gauge global poverty and inequality. Based on his new book, The Divide, Jason will present arguments at odds with the dominant narrative of global poverty and inequality reduction, and unpack the political motivations behind this narrative. He will argue that the story of progress towards shared prosperity that institutions like the Work Bank likes to portray, is highly problematic. Poornima will focus on historical shifts in framing, measuring, and understanding inequality. Her historical investigation will invite us to critically examine our notions of equity and justice, as incomes have become the dominant lens for understanding disparity.



Open to all. No registration required
Part of The Politics of Economics Research Network Series

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