Raadhika Vishvesh

Raadhika VishveshRaadhika Vishvesh is a Research Officer at the International Monetary Fund, which she joined in 2019. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, a master's degree in International Economics from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and a master's degree in Economics from Georgetown University. Her areas of interest are public finance, monetary and financial policy, macroeconomic development, and environmental economics.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Defending Development

The need to define development has witnessed many attempts to condense a country’s economic deprivation into a single figure. In order to target poor citizens, it is important to classify those who are ‘non-poor’ by a poverty statistic. Crucial steps in the creation and evaluation of a poverty index in the 1980s were the World Bank’s ‘Dollar a Day’ measure (now USD1.25 a day), the creation of the Human Development Index (HDI) in 1990 and the Inequality Adjusted HDI created in 2005 as a distribution-sensitive average of the HDI. In 2010, a fundamentally different method of measuring poverty – the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) – was created, which identifies numerous deprivations at the individual and household level in education, health and living standards. Unfortunately, the MPI has many flaws, including mixing stock and flow variables, a lack of data particularly, for health and education, the absence of variables and the neglect of gender, moreover it suffers from international comparability problems.

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