PEP Nigerian researchers revise poverty assessments from a multidimensional perspective

Publication of findings from a PEP-supported research project on "The Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty in Nsukka, Nigeria"

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A team of PEP Nigerian researchers have sought to compare assessments related to poverty in Nigeria using a variety of conceptions, from traditional money-metric measures to multiple counts of deprivation (including “missing dimensions” of welfare) in order to explore factors that would potentially predict poverty.
Their analysis is based on survey data collected at the household level in Nsukka, Nigeria. After decomposition, results indicate that i) 70% to 78% of the population in the area should be categorized as deprived or poor and that ii) rather than low income, the major determinants of deprivation are, in fact, large family size, low level of education, poor employment, rural location and poor health.  Researchers thus conclude that, in order to be effective, pro-poor policy initiatives should ensue from an integrated approach that accounts for inter-linkages between the several factors associated with well-being and deprivation.
Find out more about the study findings through the project’s recent publications:

Working Paper 2011-13

Based on the PEP project PMMA-11314 : “Multidimensional Poverty under the Capability Framework: the Case of Missing Dimensions from Data and Poverty in Nigeria”

Research team:   John Ataguba    |    Mba Ifeoma Christy   |    William Fonta

See other recent findings from PEP-supported projects, here.



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