publication . Article . 2002

Trends in Absolute Poverty in Pakistan: 1990-91 and 2001

Talat Anwar; Sarfraz K. Qureshi;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2002 Journal: The Pakistan Development Review, volume 41, pages 859-878 (issn: 0030-9729, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Pakistan Institute of Developemnt Economics (PIDE)
Poverty, defined comprehensively as absence of options to shape one’s life according to one’s own preferences, comes closer to the concept of human development as presented in UNDP’s Human Development Reports. Absolute poverty, on the contrary, defines poverty in terms of satisfaction of minimum physical needs of food and non-food items to enable people at the lower end of income distribution to engage in economic activity. From the vantage point of the policy-maker concerned with alleviation of poverty, it is crucial to know the magnitude of the existing level of poverty and identify the policy determinants of poverty as well as constraints standing in the way ...
free text keywords: Economics, Economic growth, Extreme poverty, Government, Culture of poverty, Income distribution, Structural adjustment, Basic needs, Poverty, Measuring poverty
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