alexa Measuring the Socio-Economic Empowerment of Rural Households in Pakistan
ISSN: 2151-6219

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Research Article

Measuring the Socio-Economic Empowerment of Rural Households in Pakistan

Abrar-ul-haq M*, Jali MRM and Islam GMN

School of Economics, Finance and Banking, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia

Corresponding Author:
Abrar-ul-haq M
School of Economics, Finance and Banking
Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
Tel: 6049284000
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: March 17, 2016; Accepted Date :May 16, 2016; Published Date: May 27, 2016

Citation: Abrar-ul-haq M, Jali MRM, Islam GMN (2016) Measuring the Socio- Economic Empowerment of Rural Households in Pakistan. Bus Eco J 7:236. doi:10.4172/2151-6219.1000236

Copyright: © 2016 Abrar-ul-haq M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




This paper is creating a socio-economic Empowerment Index, aimed at obtaining a first snapshot of the state of socio-economic empowerment as measured by the rural household survey. Instead it is meant to foster the debate on the determinants of socio-economic empowerment and also highlights the spatial dimensions of socio-economic empowerment. The most important section of this study is to develop an index for the measurement of socio-economic empowerment of rural households in Pakistan by using primary data of rural households which was collected through multi stage random sampling of rural households from division Bahawalpur and 600 household were interviewed for sample size. Weights of the indicator variables have been computed by using Principal Component Method. Socioeconomic  empowerment index gathers together mainly two factors, social and economic empowerment which twenty six indicators grouped in eight sub-pillars and in two main pillars.


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