A Unidimensional Representation of Multidimensional Inequality, with an application to the Arab Region

AKSOB 903, Beirut campus

As part of the Economics and Public Policy Seminar Series, the Department of Economics invites you to attend a presentation titled:

A Unidimensional Representation of Multidimensional Inequality, with an application to the Arab Region


Presenter’s Name: Dr. Paul Makdissi


This paper links the literature on multidimensional inequality with Alkire and Foster’s (2011) counting approach to multidimensional poverty measurement. In doing so, it offers a multidimensional inequality framework applicable to any data used in applied multidimensional poverty analysis. The paper first introduces two new graphical tools: the multidimensional complaint incidence curve and the cumulative multidimensional complaint incidence curve. We then develop the dominance conditions associated with these two visual tools. These dominance conditions identify robust orderings of multidimensional inequality comparisons. It also provides the estimation and the statistical testing procedure linked with these dominance conditions. To show the applicability of the proposed approach, the paper offers an application of the theoretical conditions developed in the paper using two types of survey data for Arab countries. The empirical application shows that the method proposed in this paper also applies to the analysis of multidimensional inequality in developing countries with limited statistical information.

About the Speaker

Paul Makdissi is a professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Ottawa. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality. Previously he has held positions at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands). His main areas of research are socioeconomic health inequality measurement, the distributive impact of taxation and public pricing, and income inequality measurement. He was the president of the Société canadienne de science économique (the French Canadian economics association) for the 2021-2022 academic year. From 2017 to 2019, he was the thematic leader for the Equity and Inclusive Growth research theme for the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey. He has also been a consultant for many federal and provincial ministries and agencies in Canada, the World Bank, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

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