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Determinants of poverty vulnerability in Uganda

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  • Charles Augustine Abuka
  • Michael Atingi-Ego
  • Jacob Opolot
  • Patrick Okello

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Ugandan data shows poverty to be entrenched in rural areas and in large households. Households with heads exposed to education, an improved health status, less reliance on agriculture as the most important source of earnings, access to electricity for lighting and, the presence of markets to sell produce in the community experience improved household well-being. The data also confirms two known stylized facts regarding poverty vulnerability. First, households in the Northern region have a higher probability of being poor than those in Central, Eastern, and Western regions. Second, the ‘annual cropping and cattle northern' and ‘annual cropping and cattle Teso' zones are the agro ecological zones that are positively correlated with poverty vulnerability . The fact that residence in rural areas is associated with higher incidence of poverty suggests that promotion of off-farm employment (for example, through rural electrification) would help reduce vulnerability.

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Paper provided by IIIS in its series The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series with number iiisdp203.

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Date of creation: 19 Feb 2007
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Keywords: Poverty vulnerability; logistic regression; Uganda;

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  1. Awan, Masood Sarwar & Malik, Nouman & Sarwar, Haroon & Waqas, Muhammad, 2011. "Impact of education on poverty reduction," MPRA Paper 31826, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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