John E., Ataguba, Fonta William M., and Ichoku Hyacinth E. (2010). "Application of the capability approach to poverty in Nigeria: What can we learn from the missing dimensions of poverty?" Paper presented at the 7th annual conference of the HDCA, 21-23 September 2010, Amman, Jordan.

This paper compares the assessment of poverty/deprivation using various conceptions – the traditional money-metric measure, and different forms of multidimensional constructs. It also explores factors that predict deprivation and are associated with multiple counts of deprivation. The data comes from a survey of households in Nsukka. The counting and FGT methodologies were used in addition to probit and count models. Between 70% and 78% of the study population is poor. Poverty decomposition shows higher headcounts among rural population, individuals with little or no education and larger household sizes. Also, poor housing characteristics, education, employment, and health are associated with poverty. Recommendations include the use of an integrated approach understanding the inter-linkages in the factors associated with poverty.