Mapping patterns of multiple deprivation in Namibia

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Abstract

Purpose - As an alternative poverty analysis approach, the purpose of this paper is to map the patterns of multiple deprivation in all 13 administrative regions of Namibia using the National Household Income and Expenditure Survey data. Design/methodology/approach - Unsupervised statistical learning methods including the principal component analysis, k-means clustering and bivariate analysis were applied. Findings - The results show that the multiple deprivation approach is a useful alternative in characterising poverty dynamics in the country. Specifically, the mapping shows that other dimensions of poverty such as access to utilities and services among other things are equally useful welfare indicators as they scored higher than income and consumption on discriminant ability. Originality/value - Unpacking the multi-dimensionality aspect of poverty has drawn significant attention from development economists and continues to play a major role in policy formulation for developing countries. The study recommends buttressing of conventional income poverty measures with multiple deprivation approaches for a comprehensive picture on poverty issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2486-2499
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Social Economics
Volume44
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Consumption
  • Discriminant ability
  • Household income
  • Inequality
  • Multi-dimensional poverty
  • Multiple deprivation
  • Social exclusion

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