PMMA-11314 Multidimensional poverty under the capability framework: the case of missing dimensions data and poverty in Nigeria


There is growing acceptance of poverty, just as the broader field of development, as a multidimensional phenomenon. This may also be understood using the capability framework. This paper seeks to compare the assessment of poverty/deprivation using various conceptions – the traditional money-metric measure, and different forms of multidimensional constructs including the missing dimensions. The data comes from a survey of households in Nsukka. Using the counting methodology for assessing multidimensional poverty and the standard FGT indices for consumption poverty, the study found that over 75% of the sample live on less than USD$1.25 per day, and for the multidimensional measures, the proportion varies depending on the measure and the normative choice of cut-off values. Also, the missing dimensions show that some aspect of deprivation is not traditionally captured. Poverty decomposition shows that the contribution of rural population, males, and those with little or no education outweighs those of their counterparts. Also, housing characteristics, education, employment, and health are important contributors to poverty. As recommendation, the stewardship of the government and increased community participation is stressed.


Project leader: John Ataguba

Project researchers: Hyacinth Ichoku Ementa | William Fonta

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Working Papers

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The determinants of multidimensional poverty in Nsukka, Nigeria 2011-09-23 669.37KB 0 1

Policy Briefs

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The Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty in Nsukka, Nigeria 2012-04-13 599.33KB 0 0

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