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Deprivation Counts: An Assessment of Energy Poverty in Pakistan

Rafat Mahmood () and Anwar Shah ()
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Rafat Mahmood: Staff Economist, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad, Pakistan

Lahore Journal of Economics, 2017, vol. 22, issue 1, 109-132

Abstract: This paper examines the energy–poverty nexus in Pakistan at the national and provincial level, using the multidimensional energy poverty index. Based on data from the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey for 2010/11, we find that the average household in Pakistan is 26.4 percent energy-poor. The study shows that the incidence of energy poverty is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, with a similar trend at the provincial level. A comparison with findings based on data from 2008/09 shows a slight decrease in energy poverty at the national level.

Keywords: energy; poverty; households; Pakistan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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