Spatial and Temporal Investigation of Multidimensional Poverty in Rural Pakistan (2015)

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The concept of poverty has evolved into a multifaceted socioeconomic measure rather than merely a monetary assessment. Cognizant of this advancement, this study was designed to investigate the variations in rural poverty across the regions in Pakistan using the multidimensional poverty assessment approach based on three socioeconomic dimensions, that is, health, education, and housing. Findings revealed a considerable variation in the magnitude of rural multidimensional poverty (MDP) across the regions. Temporal analysis portrayed the inconsistent declining trends of MDP over the time periods, that is, 1998–1999, 2001–2002, 2004–2005, 2005–2006, and 2007–2008. The study also identified the regions where rural MDP remained consistently high in all time periods. In view of the higher variation in MDP across the regions, planners may re-articulate their rural poverty alleviation strategies with more focus on the identified poor regions.
Year: 2015
Language: English
In: Poverty & Public Policy, 7 (2): 158-175 p.

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