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Nicolai Suppa

Nicolai Suppa

Research Fellow, Center for Demographic Studies, Campus UAB


Nicolai Suppa is a research fellow at the Centre for Demographic Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He received his PhD in economics from TU Dortmund University in Germany, where he previously studied economics and sociology.

Broadly speaking, he is interested in questions about conceptualization, measurement and analysis of human well-being and related inequalities. More specifically, he is currently working on multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, subjective well-being, and the capability approach.

In his work with the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) he is co-leading the estimations of the global multidimensional poverty index (MPI) among other things.

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • Research Associate with the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at Oxford University, UK
  • Fellow of the Global Labor Organization
  • Member of EQUALITAS


Selected publications

  • Alkire, Sabina; Kanagaratnam, Usha; Nogales, Ricardo; Suppa, Nicolai

    2022.Revising the global Multidimensional Poverty Index: Empirical insights and robustness.Review of Income and Wealth,68, no. S2:S347–S384LinkLogo open access
  • Permanyer, Iñaki; Suppa, Nicolai

    2022.Racing ahead or lagging behind? Territorial cohesion in human development around the globe.Regional Studies,vol. 56:2086–2101Link
  • Suppa, Nicolai.2021.Unemployment and subjective well-being. A survey of the economic literature.In:

    Zimmermann Klaus F. (ed)

    Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics.pp: 1–32.Link
  • Suppa, Nicolai.2021.Walls of Glass. Measuring Deprivation in Social Participation.Journal of Economic Inequality,vol. 19:385–411Link
  • Alkire, Sabina; Nogales, Ricardo; Quinn, Natalie Naïri; Suppa, Nicolai

    2021.Global multidimensional poverty and COVID-19: A decade of progress at risk?.Social Science & Medicine,vol. 291, no. 114457LinkLogo open access
  • Kunze, Lars; Suppa, Nicolai

    2020.The effect of unemployment on social participation of spouses—Evidence from plant closures in Germany.Empirical Economics,58:815–833Link
  • Suppa, Nicolai.2018.Transitions in Poverty and Deprivations. An Analysis of Multidimensional Poverty Dynamics.Social Choice and Welfare,vol. 51:235–258Link
  • Suppa, Nicolai.2018.Towards a Multidimensional Poverty Index for Germany.Empirica,vol. 45, no. 4:655–683Link
  • Kunze, Lars; Suppa, Nicolai

    2017.Bowling alone or bowling at all? The effect of unemployment on social participation.Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization,vol. 133:213–235Link
  • Suppa, Nicolai.2015.Capability Deprivation and Life Satisfaction. Evidence from German Panel Data.Journal of Human Development and Capabilities,vol. 16:173–199Link