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Updating Geographical Indices of Multiple Deprivations- Pakistan, 2020

Jamal, Haroon (2022): Updating Geographical Indices of Multiple Deprivations- Pakistan, 2020.

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Abstract

Policy makers, NGOs, researchers as well as students of economics and public administration require up-to-date information or database that can facilitate in making development policy decisions, in providing criteria for allocation of financial resources and in selecting specific areas for safety-net programs and geographical targeted intervention.

This study quantifies household multiple deprivations with the help of 18 socioeconomic indicators, arranged into five dimensions: education, health, housing quality, housing services and asset poverty. At the first stage of aggregation, composite indices for these dimensions or sectors are developed, while overall indices of multiple deprivations for provinces, region and districts of Pakistan are assembled at the second stage.

Besides furnishing the estimates of current level of deprivation based on the latest available data, the report also highlights inter-temporal changes during the period 2011 and 2020. District representative nationwide Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey data for both years are used for this research.

The findings reveal declining trends in the level of deprivation; however, the rates of decay across provinces, region and districts are significantly diverse.

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