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Does an Improvement in Rural Infrastructure Contribute to Alleviate Poverty in Pakistan? A Spatial Econometric Analysis

Muhammad Akbar (), Abdullah (), Amjad Naveed and Shabib Haider Syed ()
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Muhammad Akbar: International Islamic University
Abdullah: International Islamic University
Shabib Haider Syed: Minhaj University

Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2022, vol. 162, issue 1, No 18, 475-499

Abstract: Abstract The role of infrastructure in poverty alleviation remains ambiguous due to weak institutions in developing countries. Considering spatial dependence, this study provides empirical evidence on the role of rural infrastructure in poverty alleviation using district-wise data of Pakistan. Results indicate positive direct as well as spatial spillover effects of financial infrastructure and female education infrastructure while positive direct effects of energy infrastructure are observed. The insignificant role of health and transportation infrastructure in poverty alleviation is a matter of serious concern. From a policy point of view, allocation of sufficient financial resources, improvement of female education infrastructure in rural areas and reformulation of health and transportation policies should be priority steps for poverty alleviation. An adverse effect of male education infrastructure on poverty reduction is detected, which needs further exploration. Adverse spillover effects of water and sanitation infrastructure on poverty may suggest the authorities to revise the implementation procedure of National Sanitation and Drinking Water Policy. The analysis might be relevant to the South Asian region due to homogeneous economic development. Moreover, the study provides evidence informing the debate on balanced regional development in developing countries with a particular focus on high and medium level of poverty clusters.

Keywords: Poverty; Rural infrastructure; Unequal Development; Spatial modelling; Pakistan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 H54 I32 O18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11205-021-02851-z

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