Multiple Inequalities and Policies to Mitigate Inequality Traps in Pakistan

Publication date: 10 March 2015
Author: Abid A. Burki, Professor of Economics; Rashid Memon, Assistant Professor; Khalid Mir, Assistant Professor; Department of Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

The growth–inequality nexus has long been debated by researchers, social commentators and politicians. Despite being controversial, there is growing evidence of multi-dimensional inequality in developing countries, including Pakistan. 

Oxfam has carried out research on multiple inequalities in Pakistan in collaboration with the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the findings of which are presented in this report. The research focused on multi-dimensional inequality in Pakistan to highlight the nature and dimensions of inequality; identify the inequality traps that exacerbate multi-dimensional inequality; examine strategies for mitigating multi-dimensional inequality; and to discuss the policy implications of these findings.

This is an effort to generate a sound knowledge base around multiple inequalities in Pakistan and to initiate a national discourse on the impact of inequalities on poverty reduction efforts.