Poverty trends in Pakistan

Edward Whitney, Hina Nazli, Kristi Mahrt

In this study, we explored trends in poverty between 2001 and 2011 in Pakistan using two distinct methods of estimating poverty incidence. Working with nationally representative household data, we estimated poverty lines using both the official methodology and a modified version of the PLEASe code, the latter providing utility-consistent poverty lines. Evidence from both methods suggests that trends in poverty incidence in Pakistan between 2001 and 2010–11 did not follow the path indicated in the official estimates provided by the government of Pakistan.