• Honorary Research Associate



Dr Paola Ballon is a Research Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and former Researcher in Development Economics of the REACH - Improving Water Security for the Poor programme (DFID, 2015-2022), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Oxford University, U.K. She is an econometrician with expertise in the measurement and statistical analysis of multidimensional poverty, female empowerment and water-security. Her work applies economic theory and techniques in the measurement, design and evaluation of policies and interventions which aim to reduce poverty and improve water-security in developing countries.

She has won competitive research consultancies from the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme in Guinea-Bissau and Haiti, Unicef-Mali, The International Potato Centre, and the International Labour Office in Geneva.

Dr Ballon is an Associate Editor of Oxford Development Studies, former member of the the Editorial Board of the Review of Income and Wealth, member of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, and former co-ordinator of the Horizontal Inequalities Thematic Group of the Human Development and Capability Association.


Ballon P., Cockburn J., Dessy, S. and S. Diarra. (2018) Monetary and Multidimensional Deprivation, Why they Differ? Journal of African Economies. Published online, March 2018. https://doi.org/10.1093/jae/ejy001

Ballon P. (2017). A Structural Equation Model of Female Empowerment. Journal of Development Studies. Published online, December 2017. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2017.1414189

Klein, E. and P. Ballon. (2017). Rethinking Measures of Psychological Agency: A study on the urban fringe of Bamako. Journal of Development Studies. Published online, December 2017. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2017.1414187

Klein, E. and P. Ballon (2017). Capability Approach, Agency and Sustainable Development, in Capability Promoting Policies: Ch 3. (Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker, and Holger Ziegler, Eds.) Policy Press, University of Bristol, U.K.

Ballon P. and J.Y. Duclos. (2016). A Comparative Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty in Sudan and South Sudan. African Development Review, Vol. 28, No. S2, pp. 132-161

Klein E. and P. Ballon. (2015). “Human Development” in Encyclopedia of World Poverty, Second Edition, pp. 766-769, Mehmet Odekon, Ed., SAGE. ISBN: 9781483345703

Ballon P. and G. Robles (2015). “Multidimensional Poverty Index” in Encyclopedia of World Poverty, Second Edition, pp. 1075-1077, Mehmet Odekon, Ed., SAGE. ISBN: 9781483345703

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

Krishnakumar J. and P. Ballon (2008). Estimating Basic Capabilities: A Structural Equation Model applied to Bolivia. World Development, Vol. 36, No. 6, pp. 992–1010.