Absolute poverty in Pakistan: Where are the poor concentrated

Type Journal Article - Sarhad Journal of Agriculture
Title Absolute poverty in Pakistan: Where are the poor concentrated
Volume 25
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Page numbers 321-327
URL https://www.cabdirect.org/cabdirect/abstract/20103072488
This study is an attempt to draw a consistent and comparable absolute poverty line and to figure out
geographical and sectoral concentration of poverty using data sets of Pakistan Integrated Household Survey 2001-
02 and Pakistan Living Standard Measurement Survey 2004-05. Households with adult equivalent consumption
below a consumption level necessary to acquire basic needs are defined as poor. The estimated base poverty line is
updated by Tornqvist Price Index (TPI). Geographical and sectoral concentration index are obtained capturing
contribution to the national poverty in relation to their respective share in national population. Estimates of various
poverty measures suggest that official poverty figures are a bit underestimated that basically stems from the
methodology followed for inflating the base poverty line through Consumer Price Index (CPI). In relation to urban
areas, rural areas show higher concentration of poverty and NWFP, followed by Baluchistan, experience greater
concentration of poverty compared to Sind and Punjab. Sector-wise, relative to other sectors poverty is more
concentrated in construction and agriculture sectors.

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