Muhammad AFZAL* and Ahsan NAZIR**
The study assesses living standards deprivation by determining each indicator of MPI’s absolute and relative contribution in overall poverty for the periods 2011 and 2014 using MICS data and the Alkire-Foster method for four districts, namely Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura and Nankana of Lahore Division Punjab-Pakistan. The value of MPI shows a decline in the overall poverty level in Lahore Division in 2014 compared to 2011. The living standards of the people residing in rural areas are relatively low as compare to urban areas. Different standings of the poverty level are found in all districts, while district Kasur is found to have more value of MPI than that of other districts of the Lahore Division. Resource allocation in each district is suggested according to the bands of poverty. This study also recommends improving education by raising the adult literacy rate to tackle multidimensional poverty in the Lahore Division.
Keywords:Deprivations, MPI, Alkire-Foster Method, MICS, Lahore