Mr Christian Oldiges

Research Officer, OPHI

Christian Oldiges is Research Officer at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). He initially joint OPHI in 2011 and has been involved with many calculations and regional decompositions of OPHI's Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

In July 2016, Christian submitted his doctoral thesis at Heidelberg University, Germany. The main focus of his thesis was on measuring the impact of India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act on poverty, consumption, and financial decisions. As part of his doctoral research, he also developed the Nutritional Deprivation Index (NDI), which enables the measurement of inadequacies in dietary diversity using ordinary household survey data easily available in developing countries.

Prior to his doctoral studies in Development Economics, Christian gained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Economics at Heidelberg University with visiting studies at Hindu College and the Delhi School of Economics (DSE), both at Delhi University, New Delhi, India. He has worked as a teaching assistant at Heidelberg University and as a research assistant at the DSE and the GB Pant Institute of Social Sciences, Allahabad, India.

In the media

Christian Oldiges has been a Teaching Assistant in Development Economics at Heidelberg University.

Research Students supervised

Journal articles and special issues

Oldiges, Christian (with ) (2012) 'Cereal Consumption and Per Capita Income in India', Economic and Political Weekly XLVII (663)

Other publications

Oldiges, Christian (with S Klonner) (2013) 'Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in Indien', Masala Jg 8 Nr 1
Oldiges, Christian (2009) 'How is NREGA doing?', SAI – Report Heidelberg University
Oldiges, Christian (with Jean Drèze) (2009) 'Work in Progress', Frontline 26 (4)
Oldiges, Christian (with Jean Drèze) (2007) 'Commendable Act', Frontline 24 (14)
22 March, 2021
New OPHI article analyses poverty in India using Multidimensional Poverty Index vs headcount ratio
17 Apr, 2020
'Nearly 60 million of India’s poor most vulnerable'. Sabina Alkire and Christian Oldiges spoke to Hindustan Times about the high risk of the pandemic to India's most poor
Research interests:

Development economics; poverty and inequality measurement; health and nutrition; evaluation of social policies.