Suman Seth

Lecturer in Economics

+44(0)113 34 32629
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Academic, Economics, Applied Institute of Research in Economics (AIRE)
Room GM.14 in Maurice Keyworth Building

Qualifications (CV)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK

Ph.D. in Economics, Vanderbilt University, USA, 2010

M.Phil. in Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, 2004

M.Sc. in Economics, University of Calcutta, India, 2002

B.Sc. (Hons.) in Economics, University of Calcutta, India, 2000


Research Affiliation

Research Associate, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Department of International Development, University of Oxford (2015-2017)

Past Positions

Senior Research Officer, Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 2014-2015

Research Officer (Post Doctoral Position), Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 2010-2014

Research Consultancy

Consultant (Economist), Asian Development Bank, 2012-13

Consultant (Short Term), Development Research Group, World Bank, 2011 and 2012

Consultant, Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme, 2008


Research Fields

Development Economics

Public Economics with emphasis on Distributional Analysis

Applied Microeconomics

Welfare Economics (Applied)

Applied Microeconometrics

Current Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, European Union Funded Project: NOPOOR, (Jointly with Dr. Sugata Bag, DSE), Exploring the dimensions and dynamics of Indian urban poverty, Centre for Development Economics (CDE), Delhi, 2012-2016 (INR 5,000,000)

Previous Research Grants

Asian Development Bank, Project: Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2011, 2012-13 (USD 9,792)

Kirk Dornbush Summer Research Award, Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA 2007 (USD 3,500)


Current Teaching

Module leader

LUBS3330: Economic Development (Undergraduate)
LUBS3011: Contemporary Issues in Economic Growth (Undergraduate)
LUBS5142M: Distributional Analysis in Economic Development (Postgraduate Taught)

Teaching Experience

Executive Courses

3rd NOPOOR Summer School, Measuring Poverty on a Multidisciplinary Basis, Paris-Dauphine University, Paris, France, June 26–July 1 2015

University of Oxford

Economics of Developing Countries (jointly taught), BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), Michaelmas 2014

Poverty and Human Development, MPhil in Development Studies, Hilary 2012, 2013 and 2014, and Michaelmas 2014 (Guest Lectures)

Executive Courses

Technical Summer School on Multidimensional Poverty (2008-2015)

Training course on Multidimensional Poverty, Columbia Global Centers | Middle East - Columbia University, Jordan, February 2012

Human Development Course on “Concepts, Measurement and Policy Implications”, Oxford, UK March 2011

Vanderbilt University (Course Leader)

Principles of Microeconomics (undergraduate), Summer 2008

Principles of Microeconomics (undergraduate), Summer 2009


Peer Reviewed Articles

Seth S. and S. Alkire (2017), Did Poverty Reduction Reach the Poorest of the Poor? Complementary Measures of Poverty and Inequality in the Counting Approach, Research on Economic Inequality, 25, forthcoming.

Silva-Leander, S and S Seth (2017), Revealed Preferences with Plural Motives: Axiomatic Foundations of Normative Assessments in Non-utilitarian Welfare Economics, Social Choice and Welfare, 48(3), p. 505-517. 

Alkire S. and S. Seth (2015), Multidimensional Poverty Reduction in India Between 1999 and 2006: Where and How?, World Development, 72, p. 93-108.

Alkire S., J. M. Roche, S. Seth and A. Sumner (2015), Identifying the Poorest People and Groups: Strategies Using the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index, Journal of International Development, 27, 362–387 (invited submission).

Foster, J. E., M. McGillivray, and S. Seth (2013), Composite Indices: Rank Robustness, Statistical Association, and Redundancy, Econometric Reviews, 32 (1), p. 35-56.

Seth, S. (2013), A Class of Distribution and Association Sensitive Multidimensional Welfare Indices, Journal of Economic Inequality, 11 (2), p. 133-162 (Lead Article).

Alkire, S and S. Seth (2013), Selecting a Targeting Method to Identify BPL Households in India, Social Indicators Research, 112 (2), p. 417-446.

Seth, S. (2009), Inequality, Interactions, and Human Development, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol. 10 (3), 375-396 (Motivated the Gender Inequality Index in UNDP’s Human Development Report 2010).

Other Articles

Alkire, S and S. Seth (2013), Identifying BPL Households: A Comparison of Methods, Economic and Political Weekly, XLVIII (2), 49-57.

Alkire S. and S. Seth (2008), Determining BPL Status: Some Methodological Improvements, Indian Journal of Human Development, 2 (3), 407-424.

Blumstein J., M. Cohen, and S. Seth (2008), Do Government Agencies Respond to Market Pressures? Evidence from Private Prisons, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, 15 (3), 446-477.


Foster J. E., S. Seth, M. Lokshin, and Z. Sajaia (2013), A Unified Approach to Measuring Poverty and Inequality: Theory and Practice, The World Bank: Washington D.C.

Alkire S., J. E. Foster, S. Seth, M. E. Santos, J. M. Roche, and P. Ballon (2015), Multidimensional Poverty: Measurement and Analysis, Oxford University Press: Oxford. Book website.

Book Chapters

Seth, S. and A. Villar (2015), The Measurement of Human Development and Poverty in Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being, edited by Conchita D’Ambrosio, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, forthcoming.            

Seth, S. and A. Villar (2015), Human Development and Poverty: Empirical Findings in Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being, edited by Conchita D’Ambrosio, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, forthcoming.

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