Macro level Determinants of Poverty: Investigation Through Poverty Mapping of Districts of Pakistan.

Farah Said, Tareena Musaddiq, Mahreen Mahmud

Abstract


The study explores the spatial patterns of poverty in Pakistan
through two dimensions: asset accumulation and basic needs. For this
purpose Pakistan Standard of Living Measurement 08-09 is employed to
construct an Asset Index and a Basic Needs index, at a district level,
through the use of household level indicators. The study finds a clear
north south divide, with particular concentration of better off
districts in the north east of the country. Additionally, regression
analysis is carried out to help identify the macro level factors
contributing towards the observed pattern. Results reveal
infrastructural and industrial development to be significant factors
behind a district‘s well-being. This indicates that public policy
directed towards developing deprived districts should be cantered on
these factors, specifically expanding road networks, and incentives for
industrial development in those districts. JEL classifications: I32, O53
Keywords: Measurement and Analysis of Poverty, District Level Analysis,
Pakistan

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v50i4IIpp.895-911

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